The John de la Howe School board of trustees convened Wednesday for its fourth special called emergency meeting within the past 28 days.
After approving the minutes from the three prior special emergency meetings that occurred Nov. 21, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, the board moved into a closed-door meeting, commonly referred to as executive session, to address a legal matter.
Board members present were Babara Devinney, Rosalind Neal and Chairman Jan Duncan. Felicia Preston was in attendance though a conference call. School President Tom Mayer and Charles H. Farmer, who handles governmental affairs for the school, were also party to the closed meeting.


The board briefly returned to open session, with Devinney making a motion "to engage the services of an attorney for the purposes of responding to a legal matter."
The motion was carried unanimously by the board.
While such attorney has yet to be determined, Duncan said it would "probably not" be Vance Bettis, the agency's attorney who provides general counsel for the school.
The board then moved back into a closed-door meeting, eventually returning to open session during which it approved a motion to recess until noon today.