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July 1, 2019

Request: Did the Beulah Public School hold “meetings” by various means without complying with the meeting notice requirements of the open meetings law?

Conclusion: During a regular meeting, the Beulah Board of Education tabled the discussion of an audit from the State Auditor’s office to give board members time to review the audit. That same day, the Superintendent sent a text to all board members inviting them to contact him directly if they had questions about it. No board member replied to the text, but three board members individually reached out to the superintendent and the business manager. The board then discussed the audit at its next regular meeting and approved the audit by  motion.  The Beulah Public School did not violate the open meetings laws because the conversations between the three board members individually and the superintendent and the business manager did not involve a quorum of the board.

Opinion 2019-O-10

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