Executive Session Law

CODE: BEC-E

Maine School Administrative District No. 31

EXECUTIVE SESSION LAW


I.  To enter Executive Session, a Board must:

        A.   Start with a public meeting;
        B.   Have a public recorded vote of 3/5 of members present and voting; and
        C.  State the precise nature of business in motion to enter executive session. The
               nature of each matter must be stated if more than one.

II.  Restrictions during Executive Session:

        A.  Only matters stated in the motion may be considered; 
       
B.   No official actions shall be finally approved; and  
       
C.  No public record shall be kept.

III.  Items which may be discussed in Executive Session:

       A.  Discussion or consideration of employment, appointment, assignment, duties,
              compensation, evaluation, resignation, disciplining, promotion, demotion or
              dismissal of public officials, appointees or employees or the investigation of
              charges or complaints against persons, subject to the following: 

                1. Only when public discussion could be reasonable expected to cause damage to
                    the reputation or violate the individual's right to privacy;
                2. Person charged or investigated has right to be present;
                3. Person charged or investigated may request in writing that the investigation be
                    conducted in open session. Such requests must be honored; and
                4. Any person bringing charges shall be permitted to be present (does not specify
                    participation).

        B.   Discussion or consideration of suspension or expulsion of a student, the cost
                of whose education is paid from public funds. The student and legal counsel
                (and parents or guardian if student is a minor) shall be permitted to be present if
                student, parents, or guardian so desire.  

         C.  Discussion or consideration of the condition, acquisition or the use of real or
               personal property only if premature disclosure would prejudice the bargaining
               position of the body or agency.

        D. Board discussion of labor contracts and proposals and meetings may be held
             in executive session. (Negotiations between the representatives of a public
            employer and public employees are closed unless opened by agreement of both
            parties.)

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        E.  Consultations between a body or agency and its attorney concerning legal rights
             pending litigation, and settlement offers, when premature public knowledge
            would give the Board substantial disadvantage.

        F. Discussion of records made, maintained, or received by the body or agency, when
            access by the general public is prohibited by statute.

Legal Reference:  Title I MRSA Sec. 405
Cross Reference:  BDC – Executive Sessions


First Reading:  08/21/1996
Adopted:  09/18/1996
Reviewed:  07/15/1998