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Gloucester school board clashes over closed meeting policy

What began as a second reading of a proposed revision to the Gloucester School Board closed meetings policy devolved into an impassioned argument among board members, resulting in a vote of 5-2 to accept the revision at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night held in the T.C. Walker Education Center Auditorium.

Concerns over information from closed meetings being leaked to the public prompted school board member Robin Rice to propose a policy change to clarify that such information should not be shared publicly in any way, including by verbal discussion or recording, since items discussed in closed meetings are confidential.

At the start of discussion, board member Randy Burak said that he would like to take the policy a step further by mandating that no personal recording devices be allowed to enter the closed meetings space, as he stated at last month’s meeting.

“Are we aware of any confidential information that has been leaked,” asked board member Darren Post.


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