It is official. The new School Board President is Judy Strong, Vice President is Valerie Ragon and Secretary is Becky Kern. The regular board meetings will be at LaSalle School Building and the board approved the 8th grade field trip to Six Flags.
I was surprised when the meeting resumed regular session. The board motion to retain executive session minutes actually stated specifically which meeting dates were not releasing to the public. The board motion to release executive meeting minutes stated specifically which meeting dates are available for the public to review. I think by stating to the public, the specific meetings, is a big step toward being open. Hopefully the minutes of the May 10, 2013 meeting will contain the specific dates.
The previous administration only reviewed executive minutes once in the entire two year term and they did not state publically which meetings they discussed when they came out of an executive session last year. I asked the attorney generals office, on March 10, 2013, for an Open Meetings Act review to determine if the school district met the OMA regarding the release of executive meeting minutes.
The OMA requires the board to review the minutes at least semiannually. I believe the new board has met the open meetings act requirements for reviewing executive minutes. The new board informed the public which minutes were being considered and took action involving those minutes. Thank you. Please, just remember to do it at least twice a year.
Reminder. Several board members and Mr. Aldridge were discussing school board business before the May 10, 2013 meeting being called to order. Just because the public was showing up in the audience heard the discussion, it still does not meet the OMA requirements.
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