Our superintendent needs to update board members about staff issues that may turn into grievances. Under what statute can that executive session be held?
There are no executive-session statutes that allow for general personnel discussions to occur in executive session. If it is a specific situation, it may be appropriate under ORS 192.660(2)(b), discipline and dismissal, although the employee must be notified and has the right to be present. It may also be possible to hear the information under ORS 192.660(2)(f) exempt public records. The specific nature of the circumstance will decide the issue. You should get advice from an attorney before proceeding.