Rejected resolution indicates Columbus school board violated Ohio Open Meetings Act

In an extraordinary series of admissions, three members of the Columbus Board of Education voted Tuesday for a resolution admitting they made official decisions about their superintendent search in private meetings, in apparent violation of state law.

But the proposal, which called for the district’s entire superintendent’s search to be scrapped and started anew, fell one vote short of approval.

The board voted 4-3 Tuesday to reject member Mary Jo Hudson’s proposed resolution, which called for the search to be terminated. Board members Dominic Paretti and Eric Brown supported the resolution.

Acting Superintendent John Stanford ended up the lone finalist after three other candidates dropped out, two secretly, according to the resolution. Read more…