Ethics board: Harrison County schools violated meetings law
GULFPORT, Miss. – The state’s Ethics Commission has ruled that the Harrison County School Board violated the state’s Open Meetings Act as it was was deciding whether to reopen schools after months of coronavirus-related closures.
The Sun Herald reported Monday that the ethics body said the school board did not record minutes during a July 13, 2020 work session and did not make the documents they discussed at the session available to the public ahead of time. Both of those failures constituted violations of the Open Meetings Act.
The board decided at a meeting later that day to reopen schools without a distance learning option. That sparked outrage with many parents, and eventually the board changed course.