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Indian River school board broke FOIA laws in a protest vote on mask mandates

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The votes elicited cheers from some of those in attendance under the lights of the football field at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown during a late August meeting of the Indian River school board.

But the board’s decision to vote no confidence in Delaware Gov. John Carney, as well as a vote to petition to the state’s education department over school mask mandates was more show than substance. The statewide mask policy issued by the governor in August covered both public and private schools and took the decision out of the hands of local districts.

The Indian River School District Board of Education met on the football field at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown Monday, Aug. 23.

“We’re speaking out as a board,” district board president Rodney Layfield said during the Aug. 23 meeting. “I think this was what we could do to exercise … what little local control we have within our district.”

Those votes, however, violated part of Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act law when the board failed to properly alert the public by putting the matters on the public agenda in the lead-up to the meeting, according to an Attorney General’s office response to a FOIA petitioner.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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