My school district recently held a special meeting for my superintendent to resign. The meeting wasn't posted anywhere except for a news article several weeks prior. There wasn't an agenda nor were there minutes.
Violations of the OMA create both a right to a civil lawsuit, and if violation was intentional it may be a crime. You have the right to bring a lawsuit to enforce the Open Meetings Act requirements. If you are successful, the school board must pay reasonable fees and is liable for a $500 penalty. Here is the state's booklet on the topic for you.
A special meeting may be held on 18 hours notice. The notice must be posted at the school board's principal office. Minutes are required to be kept.
You can make a police report, and ask law enforcement to investigate, but it is fairly difficult to show that the violation was intentional. The law says that you have to show the "specific intent" to violate the act. That means that you almost need a writing, an e-mail, or some documentary evidence to show that the school board made a purposeful and calculated effort to violate the law. So, usually, OMA violations are handled through a civil lawsuit to enforce the act.
If you sue, you have the burden of proving your allegations by a preponderance of the evidence.
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Jayne is correct, though I encourage personal reflection on the constructive aspects and detrimental aspects of such a suit. Best of luck - Reese Serra
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