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Apr 8, 2010 10:02 PM by Andy Koen

UPDATE: D2 board scraps private meeting in Chicago

The Harrison Board of Education has scrapped plans to hold a private meeting to discuss the performance and pay of Superintendent Mike Miles while attending a national conference this weekend in Chicago.

At a special board meeting Tuesday night, members voted to host an executive session while attending the National School Board Association Annual Conference. 

This afternoon, district spokeswoman Jennifer Sprague said they have changed their minds in light of a recent story posted here at News First 5 and by other media outlets.

State law allows school boards and other public boards to hold executive sessions to discuss confidential personnel matters.

The board had sought to conduct the session separate from it's regular public meeting, but attorney Sharyn Dreyer of the Colorado Education Association says the two can't be split up.

"You can't have a free standing executive session that's not part of a larger public meeting," Dreyer said.

The law also requires that public notice be given for all board meetings and that they be "open and accessible" to the general public.

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