Board stands firm; Unanimous vote to not renew Elliott's contract

Friday, March 10, 2017

The USD 234 Board of Education on Friday stuck by its decision to not renew the contract of Eugene Ware Principal Dave Elliott for the 2017-18 school year.

Board members met for a special meeting for an agenda that only included an executive session to discuss personnel matters for non-elected personnel and employment action.

After a 20-minute closed session that included Superintendent Bob Beckham, the board approved the non-renewal of Elliott's contract and several other employment items.

A resolution the board approved states the board "finds that the contract of David Elliott as an administrator should not be renewed for the 2017-18 school year, and that he should be given notice of the board's intent." The resolution concerns non renewal of an administrator "with more than two years employment as administrator in the district."

The resolution also states the board clerk is directed to provide Elliott with written notice "on or before May 19, 2017 of the board's intention to not renew his contract for the 2017-18 school year." The notice should also inform Elliott "that he may file a request for a meeting with the board, to be held in executive session, by filing a written request with the board clerk within 10 days after his receipt of the notice of the board's intention of non-renewal."

The notice should also inform Elliott that, at that meeting, the board "will specify the reason or reasons for the board's intention to not renew the contract, and he will have an opportunity to respond to the board. Neither party will have the right to have counsel present," the resolution states.

After Friday's meeting, Board President Jordan Witt declined to comment on the specifics of the board's decision to not renew Elliott's contract, adding it is a personnel matter "to protect his privacy."