In May, the CBE trustees met for in properly constituted meetings of the board for 19 hours and 51 minutes.
Public time for May: 11 hours, 14 minutes (or 57% of the total board meeting time)
Private time: 8 hours, 37 minutes (or 43% of the total board meeting time)
Breakdown by meeting:
May 1: This was a regularly scheduled public meeting that began at 3:00pm and lasted until 7:21pm, with a 21 minute break. The board moved in camera at 7:34pm and adjourned at 8:28pm. The public meeting lasted 4 hours and the private portion lasted 54 minutes. Based on the motions made after the private session, it appears that trustees discussed an “employment matter” with follow up scheduled for the May 22 private meeting.
May 15: This public meeting lasted from 3:00pm until 6:49pm. The board then moved in camera from 7:10pm until 10:15pm. At that time, the board reconvened the public meeting until 10:19pm. The board spent 3 hours and 53 minutes in public and an additional 3 hours and 5 minutes in private. During the private session, they discussed the appointment of a governor to EducationMatters and two people to the audit committee, as well as “audit committee, other issues” which were reported in the news around this time. The other issues were not resolved, but referred to the May 22 private meeting.
May 22: The regularly scheduled private meeting began at 11:03am and continued until 3:49pm with a number of recesses totalling 61 minutes. Based on the motions made, it is impossible to discern what trustees discussed during the 3 hours and 45 minutes they met in private. However, we note that “legal counsel representing various interests” attended.
May 29: This public meeting lasted from 3:00pm until 6:21pm. The board then moved in camera from 6:57pm until 7:50pm. At that point, the meeting adjourned to the call of the chair. The board spent 3 hours and 21 minutes in public and an additional 53 minutes in private. There were no motions made after the in camera session, so it’s not possible to tell what they discussed. There is also no record of the conclusion of the meeting.
Once again, we’ll remind you that this list includes only meetings that are posted online and does not include working group meetings, attended by all trustees. It has been suggested that trustees meet for approximately two hours each week at information work sessions, or 8 hours per month. If those were accounted for, it would mean the trustees met for approximately 16 hours in private, or almost 60% of the time was spent behind closed doors.