The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

January 7, 2014

Ivy Tech board notices called 'poor practice'

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College officials say it won't change its notices of private Board of Trustees meetings despite criticism from the state's public access counselor.

Access counselor Luke Britt said in an informal opinion that Ivy Tech was using a "poor practice" by issuing notices of executive sessions stating trustees will discuss "some of or all" of many subjects.

Britt says the public has an interest in which what issues the board is discussing in private and that its notice doesn't meet the "spirit of transparency."

Britt was responding to a request filed by the South Bend Tribune.

Ivy Tech spokesman Jeff Fanter says the school is following the state's access laws and that Britt didn't find any violations.

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