Seneca R-7 School Board members took no vote pertaining to a hazing incident discussed in closed session.


Seneca R-7 School Board members took no vote pertaining to a hazing incident discussed in closed session.

Board members left at 3 a.m. Wednesday following a prolonged closed session that tackled not only the June 10 incident that involved Seneca players at a Pittsburg State University football camp, but another disciplinary matter and several hirings, a retirement and a pair of maternity leaves. The board meeting started at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in regular session; after an hour the board adjourned into closed session.

A total of 19 parents and community members came before the board one at a time, wrapping up their presentations by 11 p.m. Board members reviewed a packet of information including police reports and the results of student interviews complied by the school and presented by high school principal Tosha Fox and athletic director Lori Onstot. It was the most detailed information they had received to date.

Superintendent Rick Cook had little comment on Wednesday morning.

“The matter is being guided by board policy,” Cook said. “We entered closed session, and discussed a variety of issues that we were faced with. There were no votes taken in closed session [pertaining to the hazing incident]. The administration is presently taking disciplinary action.”

Cook did not comment on the discipline measures taken. The board has directed further investigation into personnel issues.

The football program will not be canceled in Seneca.

The team will resume weightlifting as soon as possible with a camp slated for the end of July.