DISCUSSION DURING SPECIAL MEETING RELATED TO TOPIC LISTED ON AGENDA

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May 20, 2020


Request:   Did the Williams County School Board District #8 violate the open meetings laws by failing to properly notice a special meeting?

Conclusion:  The day before the scheduled special meeting of the Williams County School Board District #8, the business manager reposted the meeting notice with an additional agenda item regarding a contract for the superintendent search that by mistake had been left off the original meeting notice. For a special meeting only the topics listed on the meeting agenda may be discussed. While the Board was discussing a properly noticed agenda time relating to the contract for the superintendent search, a board member suggested offering a one-year extension to the interim superintendent as an alternative to extending the search contract. The board did not further discuss or take action on the suggestion regarding the interim superintendent’s contract, but did vote to rescind the contract for the superintendent search. The suggestion was related to and within the scope of the topic listed on the special meeting notice and therefore the School Board did not violate the law.

Opinion: 2020-O-04

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