Rock Hill school board

Rock Hill school board revises closed meeting agenda

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comAugust 29, 2013 

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    What: Called meeting of the Rock Hill school board

    When: 10 a.m., Friday

    Where: Rock Hill School District Office, 660 N. Anderson Road

The Rock Hill school board will hold a special meeting at the district office Friday morning, less than a week after Superintendent Lynn Moody announced her resignation to take a similar post in North Carolina.

An agenda released to the news media Wednesday stated that the meeting would be primarily made up of an executive, or closed, session where the “superintendent search” would be discussed.

After questions from The Herald, the board issued a revised agenda Thursday, stating the executive session was for “discussion of employment matters, contractual issues, and receipt of legal advice.”

An additional agenda item was added to allow for action to be taken if the board sees fit after the executive session.

Because of South Carolina open meeting laws, it would be illegal for the school board to discuss the process for hiring a new superintendent in an executive session because any meetings where policy is discussed and voted on must be conducted in the open, where members of the public could attend.

“If it’s policy, (the meeting must be) public,” said Bill Rogers, executive director of the South Carolina Press Association.

Jim Vining, chairman of the school board, told The Herald in an email that the point of the meeting was not to discuss the search for a new superintendent. That discussion will be held during an open school board meeting, he wrote.

On Thursday, Vining said Friday’s meeting will include discussions with the district’s lawyer about what parts of the search for an interim superintendent and a new superintendent will be conducted in open or closed meetings.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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