Robert A. Bertsche Quoted in The Enterprise Regarding Open Meeting Law

May 2, 2009

At issue are concerns over the interview process to fill the position of Brockton (MA) school superintendent.  Residents and local officials would like to know why the interview committee excluded one particular candidate, who was eliminated through a process that some screening committee members have questioned.  No part of the selection process is mentioned in the meeting records, released recently by the School Department to The Enterprise.

According to Rob, “It does appear they are subject to the Open Meeting Law.” Rob pointed to a case from 1989, Gerstein v. Superintendent Search Screening Committee. In that case, the state Supreme Judicial Court determined that a superintendent screening committee in Weston (MA) “was required to comply with the provisions of the open meeting law,” according to the case summary.

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