After hours with the West Ada School District

Call it happy hour with West Ada School District trustees.

Given the recent discord on the school board, however, “happy” may be a stretch.

West Ada board meeting
An overflow crowd attended the West Ada School Board’s last meeting on Sept. 29 — a tense meeting punctuated by closed executive sessions and threats of recall elections targeting trustees.

Nevertheless, trustees will hold a closed executive session — at the unlikely hour of 5:30 p.m. Friday.

According to the meeting notice, trustees could discuss any of the following:

  • A hiring decision.
  • The “evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of” an employee or student.
  • Pending or likely litigation.

The board’s recent track record with executive sessions has been sketchy.

During a June 23 executive session, the lame-duck school board discussed an extension of Superintendent Linda Clark’s contract, through the 2017-18 budget year. A divided board voted 3-2 to grant the extension.

On Sept. 29, the board voted to void the contract, saying the discussion of the contract extension violated open-meeting law. That 4-1 vote reflected the shakeup on the board of the state’s largest district; new trustees Russell Joki and Julie Madsen joined the board in July, and joined the 4-1 majority in voiding the contract extension.