Private meeting set for school board

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education will conduct a private meeting at the middle school Tuesday to discuss particular legal matters with the district’s attorney, according to Superintendent Michael Vanyo.

The private meeting will start at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the Board of Education meeting at 7:15 p.m. which is open to the public, officials said.

Vanyo said the district officials will meet with the attorney under attorney-client privilege.

“If we open the meeting at [6 p.m.] and then go into an executive session, I don’t know how long we are going to be. … This way, we set a time to be done and know when we have to be done so we can focus on the meeting…,” Vanyo said this morning.

Robert Freeman, executive director of the Committee on Open Government, said holding the private meeting for the purpose of attorney-client privilege is a legal exemption under the Open Meetings Law.

Freeman said when a government body, such as the Board of Education, is receiving legal advice from its attorney, they create an attorney-client relationship, which means the conversations are privileged and confidential, making them exempt from the Open Meetings Law.