Officials question legality of closed meetings - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Officials question legality of closed meetings

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Law experts said that it appears school officials are breaking the law with private meetings they're holding regarding the future of a Jackson high school.

Members of the Jackson-Madison County School Board have already held one meeting that was closed to the public and another is planned this week.

Frank Gibson, the executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said he knew of no exemption that would support closing the meetings.

The issues on the agenda for the private meeting are about building a new Jackson Central-Merry High School.

Superintendent Nancy Zambito said board members were operating on legal counsel.       Vice chairwoman Karen Bell is one of two board members who voted against closing the meetings to the public.

Bell said that when it comes to educating children, everything should be open.

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