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Lawsuit Claims Waukee School Board Violated Iowa’s Open Meetings Law

WAUKEE, Iowa — A former employee has filed a second lawsuit against the Waukee Community School District.

Amy Patters says the district and school board violated the state’s open meetings law. Patters is former COO Eric Rose’s old administrative assistant. She says the board held a more than 90-minute closed meeting to discuss Rose’s performance back in January 2018.

Iowa Code says elected officials can meet in closed session to prevent damaging an employee’s reputation if the individual requests it. But Rose testified that he was not present at the meeting and did not know about it until it was complete.

Patters asks that the district discloses minutes from that meeting, reimburses her for attorney fees and fines each board member for the violation.

Charges Reduced Against Former Waukee Schools COO Eric Rose

WAUKEE, Iowa — Eric Rose, the former chief operating officer of the Waukee School District, has reached a plea deal and will have all felony charges against him dropped.

Rose was charged with misconduct in office and soliciting to commit a felony last year, after a special investigation by the State Auditor’s Office found $130,000 in misspending at the district.

On Friday, Dallas County dropped felony charges against Rose, who instead pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Those misdemeanor charges are related to his personal use of a district snowblower.

The dropped charge stems from allegations that Rose changed time records to pay employees who ran personal errands for him during the school day.

Rose was also fined $630 and granted a deferred judgement, meaning the charges will be dismissed after he completes one year probation.