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In unusual move, Oklahoma City School Board to meet at chairwoman's home

Carrie Coppernoll Modified: July 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm •  Published: July 12, 2013

The Oklahoma City School Board will discuss the superintendent and his cabinet during a private meeting at the home of the board chairwoman tonight.

The agenda for the meeting does not say where the executive session for the special meeting will be, though a spokeswoman confirmed the location for The Oklahoman on Friday. (Click here to read a story about the meeting.)

The board will initially meet in the lobby of West Nichols Hills Elementary, 8400 N Greystone. They will vote to go into executive session and then move to the home of board chairwoman Lynne Hardin, 1616 Norwood Place in Nichols Hills. The board will then meet in executive session with the school district’s attorney present. The board will then return to the general meeting at the school and vote to continue the meeting Saturday.

A voice mail left with Hardin was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Although unusual, the executive session move is not illegal, said Stephanie Mather, director of legal information and staff attorney for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. School boards tend to leave the board meeting room for executive sessions.

“The board moves so the public doesn’t have to,” Mather said.

Typically, the school board has executive session in a conference room at the school district administration building, where the school board meetings are.

UPDATE:

Hardin called me back. She said the board is meeting at her home to save the expense of having an out-of-town retreat.

“We had planned this retreat months and months and months ago,” she said. “We were thinking of going out of town. Just for the convenience and the expense, we wanted to stay. So we decided to stay in town. That’s why.”

She said the board decided not to meet in the normal location because they were going to be eating together.



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