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Board attorney acknowledges open meetings violation

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At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Nelson County Schools Board of Education attorney Terry Geoghegan provided a public statement in reference to an open meetings complaint issued against the district.

The board is accused of violating the Kentucky Open Meetings Act at its Aug. 3 working session for failure to specify a reason for entering into an executive session, which is closed to the public.

Geoghegan said the board inadvertently failed to state the appropriate section of KRS under which the executive session fell under and failed to state the general nature of business to be discussed.

The section was KRS 61.810 1(c) and 1(f), which concerns discussions of proposed or pending litigation and personnel issues.

“The items discussed in executive session were related to potential litigation and potential appointment of new employees,” Geohegan said. “No action was taken by the board during or after executive session.”

Geoghegan added that the work sessions are less formal than the regular monthly meetings, but as attorney for the board, the issue should have been caught.

“We are in a situation, I think, dealing with issues that have never come up during my tenure working with the board,” Geohegan said, referencing the resignation of Anthony Orr and other issues within the district. He said he believed the board was working to do the best it could having been thrust into a new situation, but understood the importance of law.

“The board is aware of the requirements and the importance of the Kentucky Open Meetings Act and has taken measures to prevent future violations,” he said.

 

In other news:

 

—   Approved Feb. 16, 2018 as a make up day for Aug. 21, on which schools will be closed for the solar eclipse. The board also approved modification of the 2017-2018 calendar to align with President’s Day.

—   Approved change orders for minor work at Thomas Nelson High School and the Nelson County Early Learning Center.

—   Heard an update for Horizons and approved a district In-School Suspension Supervisor/Coordinator job description.

—   Approved District Federal Funding Assurances for 2017-2018, and a memorandum of agreement for special education services with the Central Kentucky Head Start.

—   Approved updates to job descriptions for Chief Operating Officer, Director of Secondary Schools, Director of Elementary Schools and Preschool, Director of Physical Support Services, Director of Pupil Personnel, Director of State and Federal Programs, and Special Education Director.

—   Approved a second reading of policy changes.

—   Approved 46 new hires, nine one-year certifications and one resignation.

 

The district’s e-meeting, which includes PowerPoint presentations and other documents can be accessed online through the district’s website by clicking on the Board of Education tab.