School Board executive session appears to have violated FOIA

Actions taken by the Aiken County Board of Education appear to have violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act during an executive session Tuesday at a special called meeting.

By a vote of seven to two, with board members Tad Barber and Richard Hazen opposing the motion, the board voted to go into executive session to discuss any contractual aspects of a response to a proposal by the Public Education Partners to sponsor information input sessions concerning the hiring of a new district superintendent. It was never clear what contractual elements there may have been to that proposal, if any.

Before the vote to close the meeting, Barber asked School Board attorney Bill Burkhalter if there was “still a reason” to go into executive session based on a change to the request. Continue>>>