NOTE: The below article was written by Michael Rizzo of the Buffalo News. It was originally titled “Executive session riles board member” and was posted 4/10/11.
ARTICLE: The city School Board voted 8-1 Wednesday night to enter into a closed session for an hour before its public meeting—and then the lone dissenter refused to attend.
Diane Phelps, who won her seat on the board last year as a write-in candidate, said the board lacked transparency in disclosing to the public the purpose of the meeting, which according to the agenda was to discuss “matters of a confidential nature.”
She said she won’t participate in a meeting that she believes is not held in accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law.