Daily Archives: November 20, 2013

An Open Meetings Act violation may occur Wednesday, Nov. 20

Item 7 on the Agenda for the Board of Trustees special meeting scheduled for 5PM Wednesday, Nov. 20th is:

CLOSED SESSION: Board will go into closed session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations with the Township’s labor attorney and for the purpose of reviewing resumes received for the vacant Township Superintendent position.

The Open Meetings Act  says that it is permissible to go into closed session

To review and consider the contents of an application for employment or appointment to a public office if the candidate requests that the application remain confidential. However, all interviews by a public body for employment or appointment to a public office shall be held in an open meeting pursuant to this act.

To assure compliance with this part of the law I think it would be a good idea for the Board’s motion to go into closed session to specify, without qualification, that every applicant for Superintendent whose resume or application they will review in closed session has communicated their personal request that their application remain confidential.

Jim Foulkrod