Personnel discussion keeps KC trustees behind closed doors

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After opening Monday’s meeting with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, the Kilgore College Board of Trustees immediately went into a two-hour-long executive session.

The first of the items listed on the agenda as being addressed during the executive session was an appearance by a college employee responding to a notice to terminate contract related to the termination of Clifford King as East Texas Police Academy instructor.

Attending the meeting were East Texas Police Academy Director Joe Cassin and Public Services Department Chair Michael Ferguson.

A second closed session item was reserved for private consultation with the board’s attorney regarding the personnel matter.

The meeting was the first with new KC board attorney Leigh Porter, of Tyler-based Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C.

The action item specifically dealing with the termination was listed as “proposed employee termination” and was approved with a 5-1 vote with trustee Joe Carrington voting against the majority.

Trustees Cecelia Sanders and Scott Andrews, along with board officers Larry Woodfin, Brian Nutt and Karol Pruett voted in favor of the motion made by Pruett and seconded by Sanders. Trustees Lon Ford, Bob Heath and James Walker did not attend the meeting.

Although the consent agenda is typically approved with one motion, the board handled each of the five items individually as they moved through the consent agenda. No other items on the Monday agenda required any action.

The other four items were approved by a unanimous 6-0 vote. Those items were approval of the Sept. 18 board meeting minutes, employee resignations, offers of employment and payment of legal fees

In total, the board spent a little less than six minutes of the two hour and 11 minute meeting in open session.

The next KC board meeting, according to the college’s website is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 11.

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