The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education violated the Open Meetings law when it didn't announce what specific topic they'd be discussing in executive session. The Open Meetings law also applies to charter school governing boards.
Further, the court determined that discussing salary survey results was not a "personnel" issue and therefore not relevant to calling an executive session. In the decision the court ordered the school district to release minutes from the executive session, without information redacted. Boards are required to audio-record executive sessions and keep the tapes and any minutes for 90 days. If a party legally attempts to get the recording or minutes, the evidence must be kept until completion of the court proceedings.
State law requires every executive session to note specifially what will be discussed. More detailed information is available on the CDE website in a memo written by an attorney for numerous charter schools.