Questions are circling about a special meeting the Hitchcock Independent School District’s board of trustees held Tuesday to discuss terminating a teacher.

“The board of trustees did not take action to terminate the employee at last night’s meeting,” Superintendent Carla Vickroy said Wednesday. “It is a personnel matter, so I cannot discuss it.”

The decision came shortly after district officials announced a special meeting to discuss terminating a middle school coach, but did not provide a reason on the agenda for the consideration.

The meeting was held to “discuss the superintendent’s recommendation to propose the termination of Deric Griffin’s probationary contract,” according to the agenda.

The agenda also noted an attorney would be present to discuss the legal issues relating to the proposed termination.

The discussion was meant to happen during closed session, records show. State law allows public boards to discuss personnel and legal matters in executive session.

Trustees on Tuesday went into executive session to discuss the matter but came out and took no action before voting to adjourn the meeting. About 25 people showed up to Tuesday’s meeting to speak in favor of the coach.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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