Executive session canceled by school board

The South Whidbey School Board will not hold a closed-door executive session as part of Wednesday's board meeting, according to district officials.

The change came Monday after the Record lodged an informal protest that the meeting would run afoul of the state law that guarantees public access to government meetings.

The original agenda for the meeting indicated an executive session would be held to discuss goals for District Superintendent Jo Moccia.

When told that the closed-door session would include talk on setting future goals for Moccia, rather than a discussion entirely on her past performance as a district employee, the Record warned district officials on Monday that the discussion was too broad to exclude the public and would violate the state's Open Public Meetings Act.

Chairman Rich Parker said Monday he would cancel the executive session.

District officials later revised the agenda and removed the executive session.

The regular business meeting of the school board will be held as planned on Sept. 28. The board will review the district's test score data and vote on the teachers' contract and policies including homeless student enrollment and board member resignation.

The South Whidbey School Board will assemble in the board meeting room at South Whidbey Primary Campus at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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