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Natrona County school trustees plan executive session to discuss investigation

Natrona County school trustees plan executive session to discuss investigation


Local school leaders have scheduled a closed-door executive session Monday night to discuss a personnel investigation with legal counsel.

The meeting is not open to the public.

Earlier this month, Natrona County School District officials launched a personnel investigation into several Natrona County High School administrators and staffers after hearing complaints of an inappropriate skit at a back-to-school event for staff at the school.

The skit may have violated the district's anti-harassment policies.

It was based on a "Saturday Night Live" parody, the district later said in a release. Six student council members were present at the event.

Three administrators and a few teachers, including NCHS Principal Dean Kelly, were subsequently placed on administrative leave to protect the investigation's objectivity, a district official said at the time the investigation started.

As of last week, the district's executive director for curriculum and instruction, Kelly Hornby, was still acting principal at the school.

The district said it would release a video and transcript of the skit but not the full investigative report, which is protected under state statute, according to Kathleen Dixon, the school district's attorney.

Dixon said Powell attorney Tracy Copenhaver was leading the third-party investigation.

The Star-Tribune has filed a public records request for any video recordings and staff emails related to the event. The district has said it will "take action as deemed necessary" in light of the investigation's findings.

Monday's executive session begins at 6 p.m. in the Fairdale Room at the district's Central Services Facility in Casper.

Reach education reporter Leah Todd at 307-266-0592 or Follow her on Twitter @leahktodd.


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