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Complaints filed against Baldwin-Woodville school board over closed door meet


BALDWIN, WI  (WTAQ) - Two groups have filed complaints accusing a western Wisconsin school board of meeting illegally in secret when it voted to give Christmas bonuses to its employees. The Milwaukee-based Citizens for Responsible Government and the Wisconsin Institute for Law-and-Liberty asked for an investigation of the Baldwin-Woodville School Board. The board voted the week before Christmas to give 500-dollar bonuses to 200 district employees, using a surplus derived when the employees paid more for their benefits. The two groups filed their complaints with the Saint Croix County district attorney and the state Justice Department. Orville Seymer of CRG told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it was not trying to make employees give back the bonuses. But his group wanted the board to know it quote, “crossed the line” by discussing the payments behind closed doors. Earlier this month, Leanne Rice of the CRG said the taxpayers should have benefitted from the savings instead of the employees. But School Board President Jeff Campbell said they could not give a raise to its lower-paid workers and younger teachers – so members decided they should get bonuses.