Policy BEDI: News Media Services at Meetings

The Committees believe that one of the paramount responsibilities of aSchool Committee is to keep the public informed of its actions.Consequently, the local news media representatives will be welcome toattend all regular, special, and annual meetings of the Committees.

A copy of the agenda will be sent in advance of all officialCommittee meetings to members of the working press who request it. Inthe event that representatives of the news media are unable to attend ameeting, they will be provided, upon request, a summary of importantCommittee actions.

All reports approved by the Committee will be a matter of officialrecord and, upon request, will be made available to the press or othermembers of the public. No report-in-progress, including all of those onwhich the Committee has taken no final action, will be released by anyCommittee or staff member unless the Committee specifically authorizesits release as a "tentative report."

In situations where individual Committee members receive requestsfrom news media representatives for information about Committeemeetings, members may speak only for themselves and not as spokespersonfor the Committee unless this responsibility has been specificallydelegated to a Committee member.

LEGAL REF:

MGL 30A:20

Region Voted to Approve: 10/26/82
Amherst Voted to Approve: 12/14/82
Pelham Voted to Approve: 12/7/82
Effective Date: 10/26/82