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Policy: BEC
Non-Public Session


The Lyme School Board reserves the right to sit in non-public session closed to the public and media when a majority of the members present and voting so vote. As required by law, the motion calling for a non-public session will indicate the nature of the items to be discussed.

The Board may entertain a motion to hold a non-public session only for those purposes which the law recognizes. For the list of reasons permitted by law, see RSA 91-A:3 I & II.

No official, final action may be taken by the Board at a non-public session except as allowed by RSA 91-A:3. In order to act upon most items considered at a non-public session, the Board will convene or reconvene in open session. That such meeting was, or will be held, will be recorded in the minutes of the preceding or subsequent open session of the Board. Minutes of the proceedings in non-public sessions shall be kept, at least to the extent of any decisions made therein. Decisions must be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless 2/3 of the members present vote to seal the minutes, either because release of the information would adversely affect the reputation of any person other than a member of the Board itself, or because release of the information would or could render the proposed action ineffective. Board members and any persons attending a non-public session are duty-bound not to disclose any details of the discussion held.

The Superintendent or his designated representative may attend all non-public sessions except those which pertain to the Superintendent's employment.

The Board may reserve part of the non-public session for an exclusive meeting attended by Board members and the administration only.


ADOPTED: 9 June 1988
REVISED: 12 November 1998

Statutory Reference:
RSA 91-A:3 (non-public sessions)