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State says Valpo school board did not comply with public access law again

Updated: May 24, 2013 6:21AM



VALPARAISO -- For the second time in less than a year, the Valparaiso Community Schools board failed to follow the state’s public access law by failing to provide proper notice of a closed-door session

Lowell resident Scott Smith, a member of Northwest Indiana Political Action Committee, filed a complaint with the Indiana Public Access Counselor after the board advertised a March 19 executive session.

The posting did not include state-required details to explain why the agenda matters would qualify. The state responded April 16, finding Smith’s complaint was valid.

The state cited the board in August 2012 for the same offense.

Valparaiso lawyer David Hollenbeck responded to the state’s request for an explanation by saying the “failure was inadvertent and inconsistent with practices established by the Valparaiso Community Schools since your Aug. 27, 2012 correspondence.”

Hollenbeck said he met with the board’s staff and “emphasized the need to comply with your agency’s opinion,” his response states.



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