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Boardman BOE meets behind closed doors with transportation super

Published: Fri, June 14, 2013 @ 10:05 p.m.


Boardman Board of Education met Friday evening and immediately went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter with legal counsel involving “pending or imminent court action.”

When the board adjourned about two hours later, Hugh Braham, schools transportation supervisor, and an unidentified, professionally dressed man were seen leaving the meeting, at Center Middle School.

District Superintendent Frank Lazzeri refused to comment on the meeting but said board members asked everyone to leave so they could talk for a few minutes among themselves.

Board President John Landers said later that no action was taken.

Braham was ticketed May 17 for operating a vehicle impaired.


1NoBS(2845 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

And the Vindy reporter just let that pass? "No action was taken." "No comment." "Oh, would you mind leaving so we can hold an impromptu meeting here, not violating any Sunshine Laws or anything, and explain to our dumber board members what happened in that Executive Session we just had where "no action was taken?"

Really? This is the same Vindy who produces editorial after editorial complaining about Sunshine Laws being violated??

How do you expect to be taken seriously when you let things like this happen?

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2Old_School(39 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

NoBS - The meeting wasn't impromptu, it was announced or the vindy reporter wouldn't have even known about it. It doesn't seem like the sunshine law was broken. The school board has the right to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. If no action was taken during the meeting then they don't have to comment. Remember it also say's "pending" in the above article.

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3NoBS(2845 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Old_School, I was talking about the meeting-after-the-meeting. The one where, quoting the story, "board members asked everyone to leave so they could talk for a few minutes among themselves." THAT violates Sunshine Laws. Got it? If no action was taken, what was so pressing that it had to be discussed right after the meeting, before anyone left and said anything that might not jibe with things another board member might say? For that matter, why didn't they get all their stories straight before the meeting broke up?

School boards, boards of trustees, city councils, and so on, are "on their honor" about reporting whether that body took official action in their executive session. But a paper that objects as loudly to Sunshine Laws being broken as the Vindicator does ought to be watching for any subsequent actions that might be traced back to that executive session meeting, and, if it's apparent that action WAS taken, the Vindicator should press charges. The "Fourth Estate" is supposed to be a governmental watchdog, not the government's mouthpiece.

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