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STILLWATER, Minn. — Stillwater Area Public Schools violated the state's open meeting law, the state said in an advisory opinion issued Oct. 24.

The opinion was requested by a resident based on a complaint that a quorum of the District 834 School Board was present at a Finance and Operations Working Group meeting on Aug. 29. A quorum in this case consists of four members. Though the working group regularly includes three school board members, a fourth in attendance means the meeting qualified as a school board meeting and, under state statute, should have been posted as such for the public.

Had the quorum at the Aug. 29 meeting agreed to take action on an issue, it would have bound the seven-member school board, the opinion says.

The resident provided a video and a transcript of the meeting to the advisory commissioner. These depict the fourth school board member engaging in a discussion with the committee members, the opinion says.

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