Buell abstained from voting.
Board President Rob Miller read the resolution, which cited Indiana School Board Association Board Policy 1730, item two and four.
Policy 1730 item two is "recognizing that authority rests only with the board in official meetings and that the individual member has no legal status to bind the board outside of such meetings." Policy 1730 item four is "refusing to discuss personnel matters or any other confidential board business anywhere other than when attending a properly advertised board meeting."
All board members upon taking their oath of office at the beginning of their term swear to uphold the Code of Ethics Policy 1730.
"Whereas on or about Oct. 20, 2010, (Buell) violated corporation policy code of ethics for school board members by providing to corporation staff a biased letter referring to confidential personnel information outside the confines of a board meeting or an administrative office." Miller read. "Whereas said letter was signed by (Buell) with the title of board member. Although he sent this letter as an individual and the letter did not represent official action of the (board of trustees). By doing so (Buell) did not respect his relationship with other members of the school board and performed outside the scope of this role as a board member is defined by corporation policy 1730."
Buell, who was noticeably agitated as Miller continued to read from the resolution, waited until he was finished before speaking.
"I would like to ask where this came from and who put it together. Our school board did not have any executive meetings concerning this topic," Buell said. "I question who made this resolution and I'd like to explain why I did what I did."
He then continued to talk about an incident that took place in August at a local elementary school. Though other board members told Buell they had discussions involving the incident that he was talking about, Buell continued to say the board never convened to discuss the situation, which would also include the employee in question, and he continued to question who put the resolution together.
Though Adams continued to try to explain the position of the board as well as policy that board must follow, Buell informed her twice to "shut up" because he was talking.
After more discussion and the vote, it took Miller to close the discussion.
"Dr. Buell, we are going to move on, we have addressed the situation," Miller said. "We have explained that to you over and over again."
The next meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, in the media center at North Clay Middle School.