Superintendent's fate splits community surrounding Auburn school district

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 23:41:01-05

AUBURN, Neb. (KMTV) — About a dozen people filled out public comment request cards at Monday's district board meeting for the first time since Auburn's superintendent Kevin Reiman was put on leave with pay.

The meeting Monday night was inside the Auburn School's Central Offices. It was the first opportunity for supporters of Superintendent Reiman to voice their opinions to the Board of Education. One by one, each person went to the podium.

"Auburn Public Schools succeeds in almost every arena," parent Mandy Hall said. "Most importantly, academics. This success has happened under the leadership of Superintendent Reiman."

Reiman's brother Korey Reiman was at the meeting to show his supprt. Korey says his brother asked to be at the meeting, but was told no, and that he wasn't allowed.

Korey says his brother shouldn't lose his job.

"To me, that's an overreaction," Korey said. "We live in such a society today where hurt feelings can cause somebody to overlook 20 years of great work within the community--so to me that's a snowflake reaction."

After the dozen or so Auburn residents took the podium, none called for Reiman to lose his job, which is different than what comments on Facebook are saying.

On the Auburn Public School's District 29 page, one comment says this was a long time coming, and that Reiman was a horrible principal back in the day.

Another comment says Reiman was caught doing wrong on video. Reiman can be heard laughing and narrating a fight between students at one of his schools.

The Board of Education tells KMTV 3 News Now that it has not made a decision on Reiman's employement, but expects to do so in a special meeting on January 21.