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By Carmen Ensinger
Carrollton School Board’s Monday night meeting had to be probably the shortest meeting in the history of the school district at approximately two minutes in length.
Why so short one might ask? Because, the board failed to approve the agenda and without an agenda there can be no meeting. The decision seemed to delight the standing room only crowd in attendance who clapped when it was announced that the meeting was adjourned.
Board President Rodney Reif opened the meeting as he does every month asking for the board to approve the agenda. Steve Adcock seconded the motion. Adcock, Reif and Denny Cook all voted in favor of approval of the agenda but board members Aaron Cook, John Schild, Tammy Weber and Vicki Schnelten all voted against approval of the agenda. Both Schnelten and Weber gave their reasons why.
“My justification is because printed candidates for employment were printed on the public agenda and before they should be released to the public they needed board approval,” Schnelten said. “I also questioned one of our interviewing processes and so my vote is no.”
Weber’s dissent was along the same line’s as Schnelten’s.
“My vote is no also,” she said. “I also disapprove of the interview process.”
With the vote 4-3 against, there was nothing to do but adjourn the meeting.
Those who are not from Carrollton might wonder why the board would choose not to approve the agenda. Well, it has to do with the employment of the next head football coach after the retirement of long-time head football coach Nick Flowers earlier this year. Flowers also resigned his position as High School PE and Health Teacher as well.
On the agenda for employment Monday night as the next head football coach was Zachary Klaustermeier. Klaustermeier was also going to be hired as the High School PE and Health Teacher as well. Klaustermeier is from the Bethalto area.
One of the other candidates for the head coaching positions was Nick Flowers’brother and long time assistant coach, Rodney Flowers. Upon learning the Flowers’ dynasty would not continue, Carrollton parents and fans began blowing up social media and many of them kept their promise to show up at Monday night’s board meeting to show their support.
Other items on the agenda, apparently less important to the board than the selection of the next head football coach, included: approving the bills for payment, approving district payroll and hiring new teachers for the district as well as accepting several resignations.
Board member John Schild announced a date would be set for another board meeting in the near future.