Ohio Supreme Court Reviews Emails As Open Meeting Violation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is considering whether an exchange of emails by members of a central Ohio school board violated the state open meetings law.

At issue is a 2012 letter to the editor published with input from four members of the Olentangy school board responding to a newspaper editorial that criticized the board.

A fifth member of the board, Adam White, sued his fellow board members, alleging that circulating drafts of the letter by email violated the open meetings law.

The Columbus Dispatch editorial criticized a board policy that said board members should communicate with district staff by going through the superintendent.

That policy was in response to White’s individual investigation of alleged improper district spending.

The court heard arguments last week. A decision is expected by spring.