RE-1 Valley School District settles open meetings lawsuit

Sterling Journal-Advocate: RE-1 Valley School District has agreed to pay $3,250 to a Pagosa Springs attorney who filed a civil action alleging the district violated Colorado Open Meetings Laws when it negotiated Interim Superintendent Dr. Martin Foster’s contract extension behind closed doors.

Matt Roane filed a complaint against the district with the Logan County District Court alleging that the board did not give enough detail when it went into executive session on Dec. 12 “for the purpose of discussion regarding personnel matters in reference to Dr. Martin Foster and Deb County as authorized by C.R.S. 24-6-402, (4), (f, lowercase f), and for the purpose of receiving specific legal advice as authorized by C.R.S. 24-6-402,(4),(lower case b). Those attending will be board members, interim superintendent, and Deb County.”

When the board returned to open session it continued discussion of the remaining items on the agenda and took no action on the matter discussed behind closed doors.  The board did approve an extension of Dr. Foster’s contract at its Feb. 27 meeting.

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