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Last month, Rockford Area Schools Board approved a leave of absence for Superintendent Paul Durand. 

During the Oct. 21 school board meeting, the board unanimously appointed Rockford High School Principal Rhonda Dean to assume the position of superintendent on a temporary basis. 

In an Oct. 28 press release about the board’s decision, it stated the length of Durand’s leave is undetermined. 

This week, Rockford Area Schools released a public notice which stated a special meeting would take place Nov. 14 at 7 p.m at Rockford High School. The only agenda item listed is a closed session for preliminary consideration pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.05, subdivision 2(b) regarding the superintendent.  

Minnesota Statute 13D.05 states meetings have data classified as not public. In the specific subdivision tomorrow’s meeting is classified under, it states: “A public body shall close one or more meetings for preliminary consideration of allegations or charges against an individual subject to its authority.”

Also, per the subdivision, if school board members determine that disciplinary action be taken as a result of charges or allegations, then further meetings or hearings related to charges or allegations must be open meetings. 

According to state statute, Durand could have opted to have the Nov. 14 meeting open to the public. 

The next regular and open school board meeting is scheduled to take place Monday, Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rockford High School.

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