Indiana's public access counselor says South Bend's school board didn't break the law when it met behind closed doors - as long as all it talked about was a 10-year-old consent decree requiring racial balance.
The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/QgexG2 ) that Joseph Hoage emphasized the "if" in an advisory opinion issued earlier this week.
The newspaper filed a complaint after school board Vice President Bill Sniadecki questioned whether it was legal for the board to discuss some of the topics it talked about at the Sept. 19 meeting behind closed doors. Indiana law allows public boards to discuss only specific things in closed meetings.
Sniadecki said he grew uneasy when members discussed whether some buildings slated for closing might be acquired by charter schools.