- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - Two hearings are planned related to a southwest Iowa school district’s effort to fire a high school principal.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported (https://bit.ly/1mMBn22 ) Thursday the proposed firing of Red Oak High School Principal Jedd Sherman will be the subject of a hearing before the Iowa Public Information Board next week and in a Montgomery County courtroom next month.

Sherman argues the district voted to terminate his contract without hearing from him and that the matter was kept secret although he wanted an open hearing.

He earlier claimed the district wanted to fire him because he reported two cases of student bullying, and he wanted to remodel a restroom to comply with federal disability requirements.

In a complaint filed with the information board, Sherman said the school board moved to fire him without taking the proper steps.

“The board has voted to consider termination of my contract, though I have yet to meet with them to give them my side of the story,” Sherman wrote in the complaint. “There really was no discussion in open session, and they never had my permission to enter closed session.”

The board will consider the case at a June 19 meeting but won’t hold a formal hearing.

At the Montgomery County court hearing, set for July 2 and 3, Sherman and the school district will present their views about the principal’s employment contract.

Red Oak Superintendent Terry Schmidt said the district is eager to present its case in court.

“It will be the first opportunity for the school district to present its case,” Schmidt said.

The district’s attorney has said the school board has the right to decide on Sherman’s contract in a private session. According to documents filed as part of the termination process, the district gave Schmidt the opportunity to attend the private meeting and contends he sought a public hearing so he could publicly criticize school district employees.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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