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Do we have to put a notice of our board meetings in the newspaper? Do we have to adopt a newspaper of record?

 

Boards do not have to put a notice of meetings in the newspaper and do not have to adopt a newspaper of record, although many boards adopt a newspaper of record at their organizational meetings each July. It is not required. (ORS 332.040 and 255.335(5))

Paid advertisement in local newspapers – or any other form of paid advertisement to notify the public about board meetings – is not required by law; however, you must notify interested parties, including newspapers, who request notice. (ORS 192.640).

OSBA recommends that you publicize meetings using notices to local news media and notices to interested parties who request notice.

Other ways that boards often publicize meetings:

  • Postings in school buildings and on the front door of the district office
  • Notices in building newsletters or publications
  • Posting on the district Web site
  • A yearly calendar of board meetings distributed by whatever method has proved to be most effective for that district.

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