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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:50 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees met in a special closed meeting Monday morning to discuss the employment and residency of the district's second highest -ranking administrator.

According to the meeting announcement, which district spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore said was posted Friday, board members met at 8 a.m. Monday - a district holiday for KISD's students and staff - for "consideration and possible action" with regard to Bobby Ott, KISD's deputy superintendent.

The meeting was called just days after the Herald reported the details of a conversation between Ott and a family friend, Barbara Schindler, via the popular social networking site Facebook.

In that online conversation, Ott asked the Harker Heights resident if he could use her address as his residence for the district and cautioned Schindler multiple times to keep the matter quiet.

Ott, who has a clause in his current contract that requires him to live within the boundaries of the district, said he asked to use Schindler's address because he was considering a "dual- residency" situation due to changes at his wife's job that would cause a longer commute for her.

In an interview with the Herald, Ott said he asked Schindler to keep quiet about the matter because the situation was "underdeveloped."

At the time of his interview, Ott said he had spoken with district Superintendent Robert Muller about the situation in mid-December and planned to speak with the board during a closed session at its Jan. 10 meeting.

Ron Rainosek, the board's president, confirmed that the board met in closed session Monday morning, and said the trustees took no action.

Because the meeting occurred in closed session, Rainosek said he could not comment on anything that was said during the meeting, in accordance with the state's open meetings laws.

"If you look at what was on the agenda, you can see what the topic of discussion was," said Rainosek. "It was just as it was posted."

Rainosek, who previously stated he would reconsider the residency requirement as a general principle, did not comment on whether the board's decision to call the meeting was the result of any complaints regarding Ott's conversation with Schlinder.

When asked if the board or KISD planned to make any public announcement about the matter discussed at the meeting, Rainosek said he could not comment.

Ott, who was hired by KISD in April 2009, has said his current employment contract with the district will be up for renewal next month.

Ott came to KISD from the Copperas Cove Independent School District, where he had served as deputy superintendent since April 2006. He did not have a residency requirement while working for CCISD.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568.

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