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08/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/23/2019 12:48

OM 19-13 McFadden v. Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee - No Violation

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Complainant, who is a member of the School Committee, alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA by not permitting him to attend an executive session of a Subcommittee of which he is not a member. This Office determined that nothing within the OMA requires the School Committee (or for that matter the Subcommittee) to permit Complainant to attend the executive session of a Subcommittee of which Complainant is not a member. This Office also observed that Complainant's attendance at a Subcommittee meeting would have resulted in a quorum of the School Committee being present and could have subjected the School Committee to potential liability under the OMA for failing to properly notice a School Committee meeting. Accordingly, this Office found no violation.

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