A closed, or executive, session will take place as part of an open meeting of the Board. The item for discussion in the closed session shall be listed as part of the tentative agenda on the public notice. The motion for a closed session, including its subject matter and the reason necessitating the closed session, shall be made and seconded during the open meeting, and approved by a majority of the voting members. The minutes shall state the entire motion for the closed session, the roll call vote to enter closed session, and the time the closed session began and ended. Following approval of the motion to close, the presiding officer shall restate on the record the limitation of the subject matter of the closed session immediately prior to the closed session.
The Board shall restrict its considerations to only those matters set forth in the minutes as the reason for the closed session. Reasons for the Board entering into a closed session from an open meeting include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate purchases, or litigation;
2. Discussion regarding the use of security personnel or devices;
3. Investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct;
4. Evaluations of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if that person has not requested a public meeting.
No formal action may be taken until the board has reconvened in open session.
Any board member may challenge the continuation of a closed session if he or she believes the session has exceeded the reason stated in the motion to hold the closed session. A majority vote of the Board is required in order to overrule the challenge. The challenge and its disposition shall be recorded in the meeting minutes.
Legal Reference: Neb. Statute 84-1410
Cross Reference: 204.05 Open Meetings
Policy Adopted: 12/08/03
Policy Revised: 07/10/06 COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS