Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Operations director placed call to 911 sheriff’s official says

August 29, 2007

Jamie Brun, Tonganoxie School District director of operations, made the 911 call that stemmed from an Aug. 16 argument between him and Superintendent Richard Erickson, a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

Leonard Ayres of the Sheriff's Office said the call came at 8:04 a.m. that day "from the board office."

According to his records, "the subject was having problems with someone refusing to leave."

The Mirror mailed a formal request Friday to the Sheriff's Office asking for a copy of the call, but Ayres said Tuesday, on advisement from Leavenworth County Attorney Frank Kohl, the calls are not public record.

The Mirror later called Ayres back, asking under what reasoning, according to the Kansas Open Meetings Act, the request was denied. He returned the call late Tuesday afternoon and referred questions to Kohl, who could not be reached late Tuesday afternoon.

The call came into the county's 911 dispatch system, but the incident was handled by Tonganoxie Police, Ayres said.

Tonganoxie Police Chief Kenny Carpenter said in an earlier interview that officers were called to the board office, but that no complaints were filed with police.

During that interview, he also said that there was a disturbance, but that there were no complaints made by Erickson or Brun, who Carpenter said was involved in the argument.

On Tuesday, Carpenter said that no complaints have been filed since that time.

"Both parties have told me that they would not," Carpenter said. "It's pretty much a dead issue at this point."

Because no complaints were filed, a report was not and will not be made, Carpenter said.

During a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22, the board met for a total of roughly two hours in executive session to discuss personnel and attorney-client privilege. The district's attorney, Donna Whiteman, was present for those closed-door meetings.

When the board returned to open session, the board accepted the resignation of transportation director Susie Snapp. Snapp, who previously served as a bus driver for the school, had been on the job for only a few months. She replaced Shari Curry, who retired at the end of the 2006-07 school year.

On Thursday, another special meeting was called for 6 p.m. Tuesday for discussion and action on purchase of USD 464 kitchen equipment, as well as executive session to again discuss personnel and attorney client privilege.

Tuesday's meeting did not meet The Mirror's deadline, but reports about the meeting may be found on The Mirror's Web site, tonganoxiemirror.com.

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