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ACLU: School Board May Have Violated Open Meetings Law

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LAS VEGAS -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada says the Clark County school board may have opened itself up to legal problems in appointing a new superintendent late Tuesday.

A private citizen has filed a complaint with the state attorney general's office accusing the school board of violating open meetings law.

The actual agenda item to hire interim superintendent Pat Skorkowsky as the new superintendent was never publicly posted and therefore people who may have wanted to weigh in on the decision couldn't. Skorkowsky was picked Tuesday night in an unanimous vote for a four-year, $250,000-a-year contract.

A spokesperson for the district says they have not received the actual complaint.

The decision to appoint Skorkowsky even took some board members by surprise when it happened earlier in the week.

"This is going too fast for me," school board president Carolyn Edwards said Wednesday, the day after Skorkowsky was approved for the job.

General counsel for the ACLU says the vote could have opened the board up to legal complications regarding the open meetings law, which requires agenda items to be clear and posted for the public before being discussed in a meeting.

"It has to state exactly what they are doing, and certainly if they're voting on something such as the hiring of a new superintendent, that needs to be clear and that needs to be circulated," Allen Lichtenstein, general counsel for the ACLU of Nevada.

The only item on the posted agenda was an item to discuss whether a national firm should be hired to search for a superintendent.

Board president Carolyn Edwards wasn't available Friday, but earlier she indicated the public should have had more opportunity to see the process.

"I felt that the public should have more opportunity to see the process and because we did it immediately last night, I think there's some people that might have been there, who weren't," she said.

The ACLU did commend the district for holding several public town hall meetings to discuss the selection of a new superintendent.

The next step for the school district could be up to the Nevada attorney general's office and how they interpret any supposed violations. A spokesperson for the district said CCSD would not be commenting on the issue Friday.

The school board has set a meeting for June 3 to firm up Skorkowsky's contract.

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