‘Public’ Meetings Not for the Public

Published October 1, 2001

Most local government bodies have some provision for members of the public to bring new items of concern–non-agenda items–to the attention of their elected officials at regularly scheduled meetings.

The Board of Trustees of the Plano Independent School District makes no such provision. It has determined that meetings of the board of trustees “are open to the public, but are not meetings of the public. The purpose of the meetings is to conduct School District business and to provide the members of the Board an opportunity to discuss issues with each other and with staff.”