School Board admits FOIA violation

Near the end of the School Board’s Jan. 19 meeting, former Chairman David Wyman said the panel had participated in an illegal meeting a week earlier.

On Jan. 12 at 3 p.m., the School Board attended a joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, Wyman said, according to a copy of his remarks.

“Immediately thereafter, the School Board met in the School Board Conference Room, 9900 Krause Road, and discussed School Board governance,” he said.   No action was taken at that meeting, he said.

“The School Board … did not give the required notice of the meeting at the Board Conference Room,” he said. The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires public bodies to give notice of the date, time and location of their meetings at least three working days before a scheduled session, or, in the case of emergency meetings, at about the same time the members of the public body are notified.

The board regretted the omission, he said, and is committed to adhering to procedures ensuring proper meeting notifications and “that School Board members and appropriate staff members” receive training concerning FOIA and its meeting requirements.

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