EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A local attorney has voiced his frustrations with how the Evansville Vanderburgh School Board operates.
Now, he’s threatening to take legal action.
Charlie Berger spoke at Monday night’s school board meeting. He claims board members meet in executive session to discuss issues behind closed doors and then show up at the meeting to vote.
Berger also claims the board is not being transparent on financial data. He says if changes are not made within 15 days, he intends to file a lawsuit.
“The public access handbook states a goal of government unit is to schedule executive sessions sparingly. They should not be held regularly, nor should they be a standing meeting on a governing body’s schedule.”
“Executive sessions are something that are legal. Now, they’re only for specific purposes, and our school board, our superintendent are very dedicated, very committed to make sure that they operate within the law when it comes to having an executive session.”
Jason Woebkenberg says the school board has responded with information Berger has requested in the past. He says superintendent Dr. David Smith offered to meet with Berger, but Berger declined.
If you’d like to see information on Open Door Laws, you can click here. It’s the handbook on Indiana’s Public Access Laws.
(This story was originally published on Nov. 26, 2019)