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The Buena Vista Board of Education announced this morning that it is holding a special session at 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 17. The meeting’s only agenda item is to move into an executive session to discuss a grievance.

The agenda indicates this was requested by the Colorado Education Association (CEA) representative Lindsey Stearns on behalf of Angel Hardy.

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According to the agenda, “The Board of Education will move into Executive Session for reasons allowable pursuant Colo. Rev Stat. 24-6-402 (4), personnel regarding Angel Hardy at the request of the employee (former) or Board of Education.”

This item was discussed briefly at the July 10 Board of Education meeting. The board was careful to indicate that they would tentatively plan on the discussion being an executive session but would leave the ultimate decision between an executive session or an open session up to the employee. Vice President Brett Mitchell, who ran the previous meeting in President Suzette Hachmann’s absence, clarified the decision to keep the choice open. “With the way the public is right now about executive sessions, we want to make sure there is a choice,” said Mitchell.

The next meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 31 for an “Interested Candidates for Board of Education FAQ.” Then there will be a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 14 after a study session with the Strategy Team at 5:00 p.m.

AVV covered a previous Buena Vista Board of Education meeting regarding the Colorado Education Association (CEA) and the board’s refusal to officially acknowledge the Buena Vista Education Association (BVEA).