The Ocean View School District board of trustees declined to disclose what went on during a closed meeting held Monday to discuss the disciplining or firing of a high-level employee — a procedure that some are calling a “witch hunt” over the district’s asbestos crisis.

More than 100 people gathered before the meeting, most speculating that Assistant Supt. Roni Ellis was the subject of the discussion for her role in the crisis. The district temporarily closed three campuses after asbestos was discovered during a modernization project and is busing the students elsewhere. Ellis oversees administrative services, including the troubled renovation, which began during the summer at 11 schools.

The district is reeling under a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall caused by the cost of construction and asbestos removal.

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