Altoona (WQOW) - The School District of Altoona says it may seek legal action against the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram after an article was published Tuesday claiming the school board has fired Superintendent Connie Biedron.
According to the newspaper article, sources familiar with the situation told the Leader-Telegram the board took the action during a closed session Nov. 6th and is now negotiating terms of her dismissal. The article said minutes from the Sept. 5th school board meeting show the board voted to renew Biedron’s contract through the end of the 2018-19 school year.
In response, the School District of Altoona issued a statement Tuesday morning, calling the article "fake news." According to the statement, Superintendent Biedron has not been fired or dismissed. The district said they plan to seek all appropriate legal and equitable relief resulting from this "irresponsible and misleading" article. They're also seeking a full retraction of the article and an apology to both the district and Superintendent Biedron.
Per the agenda, the November 6 closed session was to discuss a personnel problem. News 18 spoke with the board's lawyer Stephen Weld Tuesday and asked him if that closed-door meeting was not about Biedron. He said he can't answer that. News 18 also asked, although he states Biedron has not been fired or dismissed, is the board in negotiations for her dismissal. Weld again responded that can't talk about it because it's a personnel issue.
News 18 reached out to every member of the Altoona School Board, as well as Superintendent Biedron Assistant Superintendent Joyce Orth. Everyone either declined to comment or did not respond.
Earlier this spring the board had several closed meetings to discuss Athletic Director James Oliver after his controversial firing of Head Football Coach Steve English. Oliver was removed as the athletic director in October but kept on as the dean of students.
News 18 has reached out to the Leader-Telegram but, at this time, they're not prepared to comment.