CONCORD — The Mt. Diablo school board met in closed session for more than four hours to discuss discipline or dismissal of two contract employees, believed by residents who spoke before the meeting to be the superintendent and general counsel.

Board President Cheryl Hansen emerged from the meeting and said that two votes were taken, but insisted she was not legally required to say what the votes were about. She said the board will hold another closed session April 2 and may have more to report after that.

Attorney Deb Cooksey, who provided legal advice to the board during the meeting, said the board had complied with legal requirements in its announcement, saying the votes were confidential and still "in process."

"The action is incomplete," she said. "The board reported out what they were legally required to report out."

The closed session to discuss discipline or dismissal of two contract employees was scheduled after a split board voted 3-2 Monday to approve contract extensions for Superintendent Steven Lawrence and General Counsel Greg Rolen.

Before the meeting two district residents urged the board not to fire the superintendent, saying he has done nothing to warrant early dismissal. Superintendent Lawrence's wife was also among those waiting to hear the outcome of the meeting.