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OM 15-14 Boss v. Woonsocket School Board – No Violation

Complainant alleged that the School Board violated the OMA when it's full day Kindergarten Subcommittee ("Subcommittee") discussed public business outside the public purview either by convening non-public meetings or by creating a "rolling" quorum. The evidenced showed that the Subcommittee was comprised of two (2) School Committee members and each member attested that they "never attended any meeting, other than those for the full School Committee… at which any other member of the School Committee was present and during which full day Kindergarten was discussed." While the Subcommittee members did acknowledge that they each separately attended administrative meetings with other City officials where the topic of full day Kindergarten was discussed, no evidence was presented that the two (2) Subcommittee members discussed the full day Kindergarten matter amongst themselves, either individually or as a "rolling" quorum. Based on the totality of the circumstances, this Department found insufficient evidence to support Complainant's allegation and, therefore, found no violation.

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