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Orinda school board changes meeting time

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm in Orinda, Schools.

Orinda Union School District board meetings will start a little bit later next school year. The board on Monday agreed to move their meeting time from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in an effort to make the meetings more accessible to the community.

In the past, some residents had complained the 4 p.m. start time was too early for many community members to attend.

The board considered starting meetings as late as 7 p.m., but Superintendent Joe Jaconette cautioned that the need to avoid having meetings run into the early hours of the next morning could result in fewer items placed on each agenda.

Trustees also considered moving the meeting day from Monday to Thursday in order to give members of the public more than just the weekend to read staff reports and contact the district with questions if they have them. State law requires agendas to be posted 72 hours in advance — Friday afternoon for a Monday meeting. Staff reports (and any other meeting documents) do not have to be made publicly available until they are given to board members, although agencies typically release them along with the agenda.

The agenda for a Thursday meeting would need to be posted on Monday afternoon, and some board members worried it could be difficult for staff to have meeting documents ready that early in the week.

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