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‘Clerical error’ kept school board dinner from being public

Published 10:54am Thursday, February 25, 2010

By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star

Following Tuesday night’s announcement that the Niles Community Schools Board of Education chose to make an offer to Richard Weigel, assistant superintendent at Ypsilanti Public Schools, to be the new superintendent for the district, details emerged that the board held dinners with both Weigel and finalist Tina Templin.

The dinners would be considered public meetings in accordance to the Michigan Open Meetings Act but those meetings were not posted, subsequently leaving the public out.
Superintendent Doug Law explained that a “clerical error” was to blame.

Law and members of the board, including president Dana Daniels and Michael Waldron said conversation during the dinner was kept casual.

Law explained his office received notes from the board about the dates for second rounds of interviews with Templin and Weigel following a meeting Feb. 10.

The notification listed interview times at 7 p.m.

However, following that notification came an agenda for both candidates during their meet and greet with the public and members of each district school which included a dinner time of 5:30 p.m.

The updated time was never posted.

Law said he apologized for the error.

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