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Open Meetings and Open Records for Board Members FY'19

FY 2018

Course Description




Course Outline

I. Course Overview
II. Open Meetings Act
A. Definition: What is and is not a meeting
B. Providing notice to the public and the press
C. Conducting the meeting
1. Member participation by teleconference
2. Board meeting by teleconference
D. When Does the Law Not Apply?
E. Executive Session
1. Personnel
2. Attorney-client communications
3. Student issues and discussion of confidential records
F. Minutes
1. Minutes of executive session
a. Affidavit
b. The role of the board chair
G. Violations and sanctions
1. Setting aside board action
III. Open Records Act
A. Definition of public record
B. Designating an open records officer
C. Response due within three days
D. Charging fees and costs
E. Forty-seven enumerated exemptions
1. Evaluations
2. Investigations
3. Tax Matters
4. Personal Information
5. Sealed Bids
6. Student Records
7. Attorney-Client Communications
8. Using ORA as Discovery
9. Emails
F. Violations and sanctions
IV. Closing & Knowledge Check
Course Length : 2 Hours
Board Training Credit : 2 Hours
Location : Online Course
Registration Fee : $100
  • Domain I : Governance Structure
    • Standard C : The board acts as a policy-making body separate from the roles and responsibilities authorized to the superintendent.
    • Standard B : The governance leadership team demonstrates a unified approach to governing the school system in order to assure effective fulfillment of roles and responsibilities.
  • Domain V : Board Meetings
    • Standard A : The board announces and holds meetings in accordance with local board policy and the Open Meetings Law (O.C.G.A. ยง50-14-1).
  • Domain VIII : Ethics
    • Standard A : The board of education adheres to, adopts and practices a Code of Ethics, avoids conflicts of interest, and annually reviews ethical standards to ensure and enhance governance structure and organizational effectiveness.