Open Meetings Law
A new provision of law requires school boards and other entitites subject to the state Open Meetings Law to make available to the public certain records that are scheduled to be discussed at an open meeting. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed the amendment to the law, which takes effect February 2, 2012. It requires school boards to make the documents available upon request, to the extent practicable as determined by the school board, both prior to and during meetings in which the records will be discussed. The records include: records available pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request, and any proposed resolution, rule, regulation, policy, including amendments to existing provisions and policies. The school district may charge a fee for the copies consistent with the rules under FOIL (BHCS fee is $.25 per page). If a school district maintains a website that is regularly and routinely updated and uses a high-speed connection, the records to be discussed at a board meeting must be posted to the website prior to the meeting, to the extent practicable. The law states that an agency may expend additional money to implement the provisions of the law, but there in no requirement to do so. According to the sponsor's memorandum in support of the bill, this amendment implements recommendations of the Committee on Open Government. The memorandum also states the changes will allow the public to observe public meetings in a more meaningful way since they will be able to review the same records being discussed by the public body.
Copies of presentation, public participation, and administrative reports that are received by the district clerk ahead of time, will be made available at the district office from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and/or at the meeting.
Upcoming Meetings (click on AGENDA below for a link to the agenda):
**Meeting will be held in Room 252 (Mr. Soluri's Room)**