Noted in the Howard County Board of Education meeting on February 27th…The Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board agreed that the HoCoBOE members did violate the Open Meetings Act back in November of 2019 during the redistricting voting.
Here is a video of what was presented to the public at the February 27th meeting:
Here is the motion made:
Move the Board of Education adopt the following minutes for the part of the recess on November 21, 2019, for which the Compliance Board found the presence of a quorum: At 6:43 p.m., Board Chair Ellis recessed the meeting at the request of Mrs. Mallo. As several Board members entered the Board Planning Room, a dialogue took place regarding the failed motion, and how the failed motion would affect the entire Attendance Area Adjustment Plan. As additional members were entering, Ms. Coombs stated she would make a motion to reconsider in order to move the plan forward. All Board members returned to the dais at 6:46 p.m.
Motion by Mavis Ellis, second by Jennifer Mallo.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Vicky Cutroneo, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj, Chao Wu, Allison J Alston
Nay: Christina Delmont-Small
So this is a follow up to the following articles:
The blog questioned was this a violation in November of 2019: Did the Howard County Board of Education Violate The Open Meetings Law And What Does That Mean Going Forward Relating To Redistricting?
The blog noted that the board admits to the violation in December of 2019: Howard County Board of Education admits violation of Open Meeting Act during redistricting voting
The blog shared the notes released from the recess discussions: Notes from the “behind closed door recess” during the redistricting final vote on November 21, 2019
The lesson learned in all of this…the Board can violate the Open Meetings Act…and yet nothing really happens. They have to read a statement into the record months later and that appears to be all there is in the end (that we know of right now).
Interesting how the notes (see link above) tell a slightly different story than the statement provided to the public last night. One has to wonder if that is maybe why Christina Delmont-Small voted no last night.
Anyone have a copy of the February 14th Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board opinion? That was not provided in BoardDocs as part of the agenda yesterday.