Our board needs to hear a transfer request for a student who was previously expelled. Usually, our board hears transfer requests in public session, but this may involve student disciplinary records. How do we handle this situation?

ORS 192.660(2)(f), exempt public records allows for the hearing of the information specifically regarding the expulsion in executive session. The board should cover as much as possible in public session. To discuss the student's disciplinary record, the board should go into executive session, and, once that discussion is completed, the board should return to public session for the remainder of the transfer-request hearing. It is important to use the executive session only for discussing that which cannot be heard in public.

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