State press lawyer: Urbana school meeting notice doesn't meet law
URBANA — An attorney for the Illinois Press Association says the Urbana school district will violate the Illinois Open Meetings Act if it meets Tuesday, as it failed to post the agenda for the meeting to its website 48 hours in advance, as the law requires.
The school district sent out its agenda, as well as notice about an executive session and a public hearing, both scheduled for Tuesday evening, via email Friday afternoon.
However, the agenda wasn't posted to its website until about 3:30 p.m. Monday, 28 hours before the board was scheduled to meet.
Don Craven, the press association attorney, said the Illinois Open Meetings Act states in Section 2.02 that "a public body that has a website that the full-time staff of the public body maintains shall post notice on its website of all meetings of the governing body of the public body" at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
"They cannot legally meet," said Craven.
Urbana school Superintendent Preston Williams said the board would meet as scheduled. He said the agenda for Tuesday's meeting was sent out by email before the 48-hour deadline.
"We sent all the information out on Friday," he said.