A week after board members ended their meeting without tackling most of the items on the agenda, the Hesperia Unified School District school board held a special meeting without any of the drama that has been a board staple since 2006.

The meeting originally scheduled for August 3 ended after closed session, leaving the entirety of the open session portion of the agenda -- most of it, in other words -- undone. Strife during the closed session led to three of the board members voting to terminate the meeting early.

By law, the substance of what occurs in the closed session meetings is private, to protect the privacy of employees whose contracts might be discussed, for instance, or to keep attorney-client discussions of lawsuits confidential.

So those who were there cannot legally disclose what exactly occurred on August 3. But the high points have been discussed: Board member Chris Bentley was offended by something the controlling majority of the school board wanted to do and reacted, according to fellow board member Robert Kirk, with a stream of invective and profanity. The controlling majority -- Kirk and fellow board members Hardy Black and Anthony Riley -- then voted to adjourn the meeting.

A week later, with the most crucial items from the August 3 agenda on the menu for a special meeting, there was no such drama. In one of the shortest meetings in years -- 90 minutes instead of the typical four and a half hours -- the board quickly went through five items on the agenda:

* The board approved payments to ASR Constructors for work done on Oak Hills High School (two separate items).
* The board voted in favor of a contract with the County of San Bernardino for dispatch services for the HUSD's police department.
* The board approved an agreement between the district and two athletic trainers that would change their pay structure and bring it into compliance with federal labor law.
* The board approved the creation of three new campus assistant positions at Oak Hills High School.

The board did not meet in closed session.

The next meeting of the HUSD school board will be held on September 8 at 6 p.m. in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.