This was sent to SAU 55 Chairman Jason Cipriano on August 30, 2016.
Dear Mr. Cipriano:
I believe the SAU meeting last night started two minutes early. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. I arrived at 7:28 pm and a vote had already been taken to enter non-public session.
By starting the meeting early, I was denied my vote and my voice in comment on that motion.
In future, please confirm that the clock in the meeting room is accurate before convening meetings especially when members are absent who you know are intending to be present.
Thank you for having all the public portions of the meeting recorded last night, as I had requested. I hope going forward that will be your steadfast practice.
I am also very concerned that at no time did the board vote to pursue this litigation or any recent litigation, in evident violation of SAU policy.
SAU Policy BDG states in relevant part: “Many types of instances of legal assistance to the district may be considered routine and not necessitating specific Board approval or prior vote. However, when the administration concludes that unusual types or amounts of professional legal service may be required, the Board directs the administration to so advise it and to expeditiously seek either initial or continuing authorization for such service.”
Your assurance that board authorization by way of a majority vote will be obtained after tomorrow’s hearing for all future legal expenses on litigation issues is requested.
In furtherance to my email to you last night, please publish the second set of nonpublic minutes from May 12 that did not reach a two-thirds threshold vote for sealing.
I look forward to a reply to my questions and requests, which has not been forthcoming in most instances in the past.