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Charter School officials correct open meeting violation

March 19, 2014

Morning News — Leslie Mielke Becki Adams is sworn into office as a board member of the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School on Wednesday.

Members of the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School board corrected a violation of open meeting law during a special meeting on Wednesday. That violation occurred on March 12.
During Wednesday's meeting, board members Gary Larsen, acting chair Kelly Moulton, Bryan Barclay and Steve Elliott voted unanimously to declare the violation.
The board members then declared a vacancy on the board and filled it.
Becki Adams was elected unanimously.
About 40 people attended. This included three Bingham County Sheriff's deputies and representatives from both the Blackfoot and Snake River school districts. About 10 "We the People" students from Blackfoot High School were also in attendance.
"We invited the sheriff's deputies," said ISTCS acting director Tami Dortch.
The action that instigated this meeting was the completion of one board member's term. In the March 12 board meeting, one person was elected to the board, however, that action had not been put on the agenda. This was the violation of the open meeting law (Idaho Code 67-23).
"It was overlooked," said Moulton.
In opening Wednesday's meeting, Moulton said, "The acting chairperson has the authority to cancel the meeting as well as to request police support in the event of disruptive public behavior of any kind."
Wednesday's meeting lasted 15 minutes. The March 12 meeting lasted several hours.
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