Executive Sessions Law


Maine School Administrative District No. 31


To enter Executive Session, a Board must:

  • Start with a public meeting;

  • Have a public recorded vote of 3/5 of members present and voting; and

  • State the precise nature of business in motion to enter executive session. The nature of each matter must be stated if more than one.

Restrictions during Executive Session:

  • Only matters stated in the motion may be considered;

  • No official actions shall be finally approved; and

  • No public record shall be kept.

Items which may be discussed in Executive Session:

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).

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.

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.

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



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.

Discussion of records made, maintained, or received by the body or agency, when

access by the general public is prohibited by statute.

Title I MRSA Sec. 405

BDC – Executive Sessions