Q&A: School board visit

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From the North Vernon Plain Dealer:

Q: The school board intends to visit a school that isn’t part of its district but one that it has an affiliation to provide certain classes and services that its students can attend and use. Do they have to give notice of their visit to this facility?

A: The Open Door Law exempts from the definition of a meeting “any on-site inspection of any: project, program; or facilities of applicants for incentives or assistance from the governing body.” See IC 5-14-1.5-2(c)(2).

The school board can tour the facility but shouldn’t get into any discussion concerning future funding of the school because it would then go beyond the scope of the exception.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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