Stratford school board approves contract with new superintendent without sharing details publicly | #Education

STRATFORD — The Board of Education approved a contract with its new superintendent Tuesday without revealing any of its details — after violating the Freedom of Information Act to discuss its terms.

The school board met virtually Thursday, “For the purpose of discussing the contract of new Superintendent, Dr. Uyi Osunde” in executive session, according to its agenda.

Executive sessions are portions of public meetings from which the public is excluded, which is legal under specific circumstances explained in the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

According to the law, the decision to enter an executive session must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the entity trying to go into executive session, and the reason for going into executive session must be stated at the meeting.

Board of Education Chair Allison DelBene convened the meeting at 7:37 p.m.

“The seven board members and Attorney Floyd Dugas will now go into executive session to discuss our new superintendent’s contract and we will be back,” she said.

The board members then disconnected from the public meeting to enter a non-public meeting — but did not vote prior to doing so, as required by the FOI Act.

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