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Friday, May 5, 2017

Scottsboro Board of Education, Regular Session, May 4th, 2017. Open Meetings Law Problem - Improperly Announced Work Session Prior to Meeting

Scottsboro Board of Education, Page Administration Building, photo by the Scottsboro Board of Education, Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary.

Prior to the Regular meeting there was a work-session meeting regarding the Superintendent selection. This was related to Item VI-Superintendent Discussion on the Regular Agenda. Inquiries disclosed by persons at the meeting, including the Daily Sentinel and the Clarion, stated they received an email notice of this meeting on Monday May, 1, 2017 or there abouts. There was no posting of the Special Call Meeting on the doors of the Board of Education or at the Front desk area. There is no public notices bulletin board available to the public at the Board of Education Office. 

The superintendent replied that there was a notice at the boards front desk, I looked there was none visible. I have been on the School Board web-site checking on meeting dates and times 3 times during this week to insure there was no change in the schedule for the May 4th Board Meeting. There was no indication of a special call meeting at this site:  http://www.scottsboroschools.net/school_board/board_meetings/schedule/
The board secretary and President informed me it was posted on the main school board page. I went there, there was no indication of any notice when I searched the page at this link:  http://www.scottsboroschools.net/  If the notice was taken down the day of the meeting, I would suggest leaving the notice intact the entire day in which the meeting occurs.
A Special Call work Session Meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM at the Scottsboro Board of Education Board Room.This notice was made at the school board link above.

Per the laws of the State of Alabama, "Code of Alabama - Section 36-25A-3  (4) A local school board shall post notice of each meeting on a bulletin board at a place convenient to the public in the central administrative office of the board." There is no visible bulletin board at the school board office for such public postings. An alternative posting place would be the inside on the glass door entry ways of the west and south main entrances to the school board office. These suggestions were made to the Superintendent, Board President and Secretary to insure the requirements of the open meetings laws are met for the benefit of public notification.

Specific information regarding the Alabama Open Meetings Act and changes may be found at the Secretary of State site: https://www.openmeetings.alabama.gov/generalpublic/publicdefault.aspx

Mrs. Gentry was elected as the President of the School Board, Ms. Stewart as the President Pro-Tem.  


VIDEO Part 1

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