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The non-renewal of a contract for a Blair Oaks Elementary School principal has rallied parents and community members for months. But they shouldn’t expect a resolution to the issue by the end of Saturday’s open board hearing.

On Feb. 15, the Blair Oaks School Board voted 6-1 to not renew the contract of Lorie Winslow.

A hearing on her contract is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Blair Oaks Middle School gymnasium in Wardsville. The agenda items include the open session involving Winslow and a closed session to discuss legal and personnel issues.

Greg Russell, school board president, and Peter Yelkovac, the school district’s attorney, said Thursday the hearing is open to the public and people on both sides of the issue will be able to call and question witnesses.

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Yelkovac indicated the final decision will be made at a later time by the board in closed session, then released to the public within 72 hours, as allowed by the state’s open meetings law.

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