School Committee Fined $1,000 for Violating Open Meeting Law

The AG's office determined that the Wayland School Committee violated the open meeting law by going into executive session "intentionally" to handle a "private matter."

Attorney General's Determination Letter.
Attorney General's Determination Letter.  Download PDF 

After reviewing two complaints, the Attorney General's office announced that it has found the Wayland School Committee in violation of the Open Meeting Law. 

The first complaint was filed by George Harris in June of 2013, and a second complaint, filed by Donna Bouchard in July of 2013. Both requested a further review of the complaints in September.  

Both complaints alleged that on June 3, 2013, the committee entered into executive session under an "improper purpose" and that "the committee followed improper procedure in convening the executive session, and that the agenda item, 'Personnel Matter,' included in the meeting notice was insufficiently specific."

The portion of the executive session at issue, said the AG, concerned an employee who was accused of accessing accounting software without proper authorization. The employee was later fired by the superintendent. 

The Attorney General found that the committee failed to include sufficient details in the notice for this executive session, and violated the Open Meeting Law, and that it was "intentional." 

View the letter of determination attached to this article. 

Jodi R May 07, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Where does the $1000 come from? Not the school budget, I hope.


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