Sent: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 4:53 pm
Subject: Open Meeting Law complaint (using AG's form)
According to the somewhat newly revised Open Meeting Law I am supposed to file my complaint with the Regional School Committee and the Town Clerk over the incident last night where the Regional School Committee went into executive session without clearly stating the reason for doing so and without a proper second to the motion.
Please excuse the somewhat weird formatting as I downloaded the PDF complaint form from the AG website.
OPEN MEETING LAW COMPLAINT FORM
Organization or Media Affiliation (if any): http://onlyintherepublicofamherst.blogspot.com/
Are you filing the complaint in your capacity as an individual, representative of an organization, or media? Media
(For statistical purposes only) Individual Organization Media x
Public Body that is the subject of this complaint: Amherst Regional School Committee
City/Town Amherst County Hampshire Regional/District State Mass
Name of Public Body (including city/ town, county or region, if applicable):Amherst Regional School Committee, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, Ma
Specific person(s), if any, you allege committed the violation: Rick Hood, Chair of the Regional Committee and Irv Rhodes Chair Amherst School Committee
Date of alleged violation:11/22/11
Description of alleged violation: Irv Rhodes made a motion to go into Executive Session "never to return" but with no explanation/reason for the action, and Mr Hood allowed it without having a proper second from another member.
Describe the alleged violation that this complaint is about. If you believe the alleged violation was intentional, please say so and include the reasons supporting your belief. No, not intentional--just careless.
What action do you want the public body to take in response to your complaint? Apologize, promise it will never happen again. After school detention.
Review, sign, and submit your complaint
Read this important notice and sign your complaint.
Under most circumstances your complaint will be considered a public record and be available to any member of the public upon request.
I understand that when I submit this complaint the Attorney General's Office cannot give me legal advice and cannot act as my personal lawyer.
I certify that the information contained on this form is true to the best of my knowledge.
Signed: Larry Kelley Date: 11/23/11