Court sides with ex-school board member in meetings case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a former central Ohio school board member who says his colleagues violated state open meetings laws while exchanging emails.

The court’s 5-2 decision released Tuesday allows former board member Adam White to pursue a lawsuit against the school board.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Justice Terrence O’Donnell wrote that the state’s open-meetings law prohibits any private prearranged discussion of public business by a majority of the members of a public body.

At issue is a 2012 letter to the editor published with input from four members of the Olentangy school board responding to a newspaper editorial. White said circulating drafts of the letter by email violated open meetings law.

A school district attorney says the district doesn’t believe it violated the law.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,