CONSULTATION WITH STAFF MEMBERS

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December 21, 2020


Request: Did the Fargo Public School Board violate the open meetings law by holding a meeting without notice?

Conclusion: The Fargo Public School Board has several standing committees, including a Planning Committee. The standing committees are supported by cabinet members. Individual members of governing bodies may consult with staff members of a public entity without triggering the open meetings law. The Chair of the Planning Committee met with a cabinet member who is not a member of the Planning Committee.  The meeting did not involve a quorum of a school board, the Planning Committee, or any subcommittee. Therefore, it was not a meeting subject to the open meetings law and was not required to be noticed. The Fargo Public School Board did not violate the law.

Opinion: 2020-O-11

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