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Roseburg School District Superintendent Gerry Washburn works with fifth graders during class time at Winchester Elementary School on March 6.

After meeting in closed session for about two hours Wednesday, the Roseburg Public Schools Board of Directors opened its doors for a public session only to announce to the handful of people who trickled in that there would be no new decisions made.

The closed executive session called for the board to consult with the district’s lawyer regarding potential litigation.

The board had scheduled a public meeting to follow the closed session.

“We’re scheduled for a public meeting regarding the terms of a separation agreement with the former superintendent. At this time, there is no additional discussion regarding that, and so the meeting is adjourned,” board Chairman Joseph Garcia said.

The board last week voted to put Superintendent Gerry Washburn on administrative leave. The move was passed on a 4 to 3 vote. The board’s attorney was also authorized last week to negotiate a separation agreement, including severance pay, if Washburn released the board from any legal claims.

There was no discussion in last week’s open session about the decision. The board met in executive sessions Feb. 21, March 14 and March 22 to discuss the superintendent’s performance, but never completed an evaluation.

Washburn has been superintendent of the Roseburg School District since July 2015. His contract was scheduled to end June 2019.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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