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PR 18-19 Burke v. Exeter West Greenwich Regional School District No Violation

Based upon this Department's in camera review of the executive session meeting minutes, the Exeter West Greenwich Regional School District did not violate the OMA. The evidence revealed that the School District properly convened into executive session and its discussion was proper under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(2).

The evidence also revealed that the School District did not violate the APRA as the request concerned matters related to the Complainant's school employment and/or non-renewal and, as a union member, the Complainant was represented by legal counsel. The School District reasonably relied on the representations of the Complainant's union attorney that the APRA request could be held "in abeyance." See R.I. Supreme Court Art. V, Rule 4.2.

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