Is a board retreat the same as a board workshop? Do we have to post notice and allow the media to attend?

Oregon statutes recognize three kinds of meetings: regular, special and emergency meetings. A regular meeting is one on the calendar adopted in July at the annual organization meeting of the school board. An emergency meeting is one that can't wait for 24 hours to post. A special meeting is any other meeting scheduled during the year.

A board 'retreat' is either a regular, or more commonly a special meeting. You may have a policy that defines a retreat, or defines work session as a meeting where the board will discuss topics but take no action. These are still regular or special meetings for the purpose of the public meetings law.

For any type of the types of meeting, the board must post the meeting with a list of principal subjects expected to be discussed, notify the press and allow the public to attend and observe the meeting. Meetings must be held within district boundaries in an ADA accessible location.

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