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Statements from School Board Meeting, May 8, 2018

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Statements from School Board Meeting, May 8, 2018

The Edina School Board held a meeting on May 8, 2018, and discussed recent complaints it had received and investigated regarding School Board Member Sarah Patzloff. During this meeting, Board Member Sarah Patzloff made the following statement:

"I would like to express my regret for posting comments on Facebook that were upsetting to some members of our community. It wasn’t my intent to offend anyone. I will continue to strongly advocate for our students and hope that we can put this matter behind us and focus our attention on the work of the district."

After Ms. Patzloff read her statement, Board Chair Leny Wallen-Friedman made the following statement on behalf of the Board:                    

"As everyone is aware, the School Board met tonight to review a complaint against one of our members. The Board was required by its policies and practices to fully investigate this matter, and that independent investigation has now concluded. No formal disciplinary action will be taken against Ms. Patzloff, and the Board considers this matter to be closed. No further information may be shared regarding the allegations or the details of the investigation, as such data is classified as private personnel data on Ms. Patzloff.

The Board would like to thank those individuals who took part in this process, and is looking forward to moving past this matter to continue its focus on the best interests of its students, parents, staff, and the Edina community.  As always, we remain committed to ensuring that our students receive an excellent education."

This matter is now closed and the Board will have no further comment at this time, and as stated by Board Chair Wallen-Friedman, the information regarding the allegations or further details of the investigation may not be shared and are classified as private personnel data.