The state Open Meetings Law (Public Officers Law, Article 7) is quite succinct, and its terms are often subject to interpretation. School board members often express a sense of uncertainty as to whether they are conducting meetings in full compliance with the law. This article will provide an overview of some key legal concepts and practical information for holding a school board meeting in compliance with the Open Meetings Law.
What is a meeting?
Meetings are a gathering by a quorum of a public body at a designated time and place, where public business is discussed. The occurrence of a vote is not a requirement for a meeting to be covered by the Open Meetings Law.