Granville Community Calendar

Resolution 01-16

 
WHEREAS the location of schools is of utmost importance to
the educational future of the Granville Exempted School
District's (hereafter district) children;

WHEREAS the location of schools will have an impact on
development and on the quality of life for the citizens of
the Village of Granville;

WHEREAS citizens of the Village of Granville supported the
school bond issue passed on [[[date]]];

WHEREAS citizens of the Village of Granville cherish their
democratic rights of participation in the decisions of
their elected officials;

WHEREAS the School Board (hereafter board) held a special
meeting at from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on 6 February 2001,
during which they purchased the Van Winkle property;

WHEREAS at the board meeting of 6 February 2001 the board
went into Executive Session;

WHEREAS notification of the special board meeting of 6
February 2001failed to appear in the Advocate or in the
Sentinel, except for mention in the IGA Calendar section of
the Sentinel of 1 February 2001;

WHEREAS the IGA Calendar section of the Sentinel of 1
February 2001 states that the intention of the special
meeting of the board on 6 February 2001was to discuss the
Board Policy and Regulations Manual;

WHEREAS the IGA Calendar section of the Sentinel of 1
February 2001 does not indicate the board's intention of
entering into Executive Session at its special meeting of
the board on 6 February 2001;

WHEREAS communication from Superintendent Kathleen D.
Lowery to the Village of
Granville on 29 January 2001 states that the agenda of the
board meeting of 6 February was "to go over the Policy
Manual and also review private water and sewer systems;"

WHEREAS communication from Superintendent Kathleen D.
Lowery to Village Manager Joe Hickman on 8 February 2001
stated that the intent of the meeting was to hold "a work
session to discuss private treatment systems;"

WHEREAS a reasonable person would not have known of the
board's special meeting of 6 February 2001;

WHEREAS a reasonable person would not have known of the
board's intention of entering Executive Session at its
special meeting of 6 February 2001;

WHEREAS at least one interested citizen was assured that
the School Board would not be making its decision to
purchase property at its special meeting of 6 February;

WHEREAS under the State of Ohio's Sunshine Law public
bodies such as the board
must provide "a reasonable method whereby any person could
determine the time, place and purpose" of meetings;

WHEREAS the Attorney General of the State of Ohio has
stated that "[t]he notice requirement for a special meeting
is that public bodies must establish a rule a reasonable
method that allows the public to determine the time, place
of a special meeting;"

 

WHEREAS the Attorney General of the State of Ohio has
stated further that "if a public body wants to adjourn into
executive session during a special meeting, the topic of
the Executive Session should directly relate to some matter
expressly included in the notice."

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of Granville,
Ohio, a majority of the elected members concurring that:

Section 1.  The board hold a properly constituted meeting
concerning purchase of the Van Winkle site and the location
of schools;

Section 2.  The board provide ample and full notification
of the time, place and purpose of the meeting;

Section 3.  The board entertain and respond to the concerns
of citizens;

Section 4.  This Resolution shall take effect immediately
upon passage.

 

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