Pagosa Springs charter school releases executive session recording to newspaper

The Pagosa Springs Sun: During its regular board meeting on Friday, Nov. 17, the Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) board of directors entered into executive session.

Citing Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 24-6-402(4)(b) and (4)(e), part of the Colorado Open Meetings Law (COML), board president Ursala Hudson moved the meeting to executive session, also citing “contractual issues.”

Mark Weiler, the owner of the Parelli building, which PPOS rents for its school, sat in on the executive session, along with PPOS school director James Lewicki.

An executive session is statutorily allowable only under certain circumstances to discuss confidential matters. C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(b) states that an executive session may be held for “Conferences with an attorney for the local public body for the purposes of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions.”

C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(e) states that an executive session can take place when “Determining positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations; developing strategy for negotiations; and instructing negotiators.”

In a later email to SUN staff clarifying the purpose of the executive session, Hudson wrote that the purpose for the executive session was for the PPOS school board to get advice on a possible facilities expansion.

According to the COML, prior to an executive session, the following should be provided: “identification of the particular matter to be discussed in as much detail as possible without compromising the purpose for which the executive session is authorized.”

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