Butler County Times Gazette
  • Accusation of Kansas Open Meeting violation at BOE meeting

  • Board member Andy Hall wanted to go on record stating that Braungardt's sharing of the minutes was in violation of Chapter 75, Article 43 of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
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  • Tensions were high at Monday's Augusta School Board meeting as AHS Principal Donna Zerr presented a recommendation concerning a schedule change and graduation credit requirements for the high school.
    Despite the proposal being endorsed by teachers, students and administrators, board member Kim Braungardt felt the recommendation was being pushed through without adequate consideration for other opinions.
    She shared notes from three different meetings of the Schedule Committee in hopes that other board members would surmise from reading the notes and ultimately agree with her.
    "There was never any other options presented. There were no choices given. It wasn't right and decisions by other board members were made before the meeting," she said after Monday's meeting.
    Braungardt also advised that she had posted questions concerning the schedule changes on her own Facebook page and a large number of students and parents expressed concerns as well as negative comments about the change.
    "I wanted their concerns heard. I'm very upset about this," she said.
    Following Braungardt's distribution of the committee's meeting notes to the other members and the 5-1 vote to accept the recommendation, board member Andy Hall told the board that he wanted to go on record stating that Braungardt's sharing of the minutes was in violation of Chapter 75, Article 43 of the Kansas Open Meetings Act. "Once the agenda for the meeting is set, it must be followed," he said.
    Hall's statement seemed to catch everyone at the meeting off guard.
    With no legal counsel present there wasn't any one to confirm or deny the validity of Hall's concern.
    On Tuesday morning board member Hall told the Gazette that he had felt Braungardt was wrong to present minutes from meetings that were not approved to be in the agenda, but he was simply offering a cautionary warning, and he has no intention of pursuing any legal action in the matter.

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