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DMPS BOARD: Hiring Transparency Questioned

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Governor Branstad’s transparency advisor is raising questions about the hiring process of Des Moines new superintendent.

Friday, the school board met in a closed meeting, following that they announced current interim superintendent Tom Ahart will take the job.

Bill Monroe tells the Des Moines Register he is questioning the board’s choice to appoint Ahart in a closed door meeting, “All these decisions should be made in public, to do otherwise puts the government body in a position where they are not trusted by the people they serve, and begs the question, `what do they have to hide?”

School board president Dick Murphy told the Register no vote was made behind closed doors.

The official vote will take place at Tuesday’s board meeting.