BOE Posts 140 Page Agenda
● By Rebecca K. Abma
On Dec. 24, the Honorable Peter E. Doyne ruled in favor of resident and Seton Hall Law Professor David Opderbeck in a landmark Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) case filed in November against the school board. Previously, attachments and supplemental documents to school board meeting agendas were available only by OPRA request after the meetings.
“There exists a significant public interest in ensuring the open, transparent, and public review of matters discussed by the Board consistent with the legislative intent pursuant to OPRA, OPMA, and the common law right of access,” Doyne writes in his ruling. “To the extent the Board does not claim an exemption, privilege, or some particularized reasons why it cannot produce the documents, all attachments shall be uploaded with the agenda pursuant to the requirements of OPMA.”
The board has not made an official determination as to whether or not it will appeal the court's decision.The 140-page package includes meeting minutes from Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, financial reports, the Continuing Education Spring catalog and 20 pages of new or revised policies.
The meeting is at 8pm Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8pm and will be broadcast live on Midland Park Press's Livestream Channel.