According to New York State Education Law § 2007 [click here to read the law]* a board may file a notice of a special meeting and shall state the purposes for which the special meeting is called. I have only seen one announcement for the special meeting and have yet to see the purpose for the meeting.** Furthermore the meeting must be posted 45 days ahead of the meeting with publication once each week for four weeks in two newspapers of general circulation. However, there are two circumstances when the full 45 day notice is not required:
- when there is a re-vote on the same budget, modified budget, or certain propositions after a defeated budget.
- when the board rejects all bids for a contract or contracts for public work, transportation, or purchase.
Under these special circumstances only two weeks notice of the special district meeting is required. Reading the law it makes it clear the district and school board continues to violate open meetings laws and New York school law. Why is this information so clear to me, yet the board willfully neglects to follow the law?
*according to education law law §1805 [click here for the law] central school districts shall have the same powers and be subject to the same limitations as union free school districts.
**It is rumored that the special meeting is to appoint Steve Achramovitch as superintendent of Hamburg Central School District. Apparently members of the search committee have already been informed that the Board appointed Mr. Achramovitch.