Wall Board of Ed. denies release of invoice yet “unapproved for payment”

UPDATE (11/1/2017): The School Board released a revised invoice on 8/23/2017 but has refused to release the original invoice issued by the vendor in June 2017. A court hearing on the OPRA complaint is scheduled for January 9, 2018. — (original post) The Wall Township School Board claimed an unapproved yearbook invoice is deliberative and Read More …

Court finds Lawrence School Board violated OPMA, issues injunction

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release June 22, 2017   On June 21, 2017, Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson ordered the Lawrence Township Board of Education to better inform the public of the topics it discusses during closed-door meetings and to put more detail into the minutes of those meetings. Jacobson issued her order Read More …

Courts order North Bergen BOE to submit to State audit

North Bergen School Board wouldn’t cooperate with the state comptroller’s audit request, wanted first to know why they were picked, spent tax dollars to fight it and lost at both the trial and appellate court levels. NJFOG treasurer John Paff described the situation as follows: “In 2015, the State Comptroller decided to conduct a performance Read More …

Judge rules Spotswood School Board violated Meetings Act

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release January 20, 2017   Judge rules Spotswood School Board violated Meetings Act   In a January 7, 2017 court order, Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Lisa M. Vignuolo ruled that the Spotswood Board of Education violated the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) in five different ways. Vignuolo found that the Read More …

Lawrence School Board over-redacted its closed meeting minutes

Records requestors are often given redacted (i.e. black-lined) versions of the minutes from their town council’s or school board’s closed or executive meetings. Sometimes, the redactions are explained only by a vague description such as “on-going litigation” while other times no reasons at all are given. Because requestors aren’t quite sure what has been redacted, Read More …