I. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE WINDOW ROCK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #8 ~ REGULAR MEETING AND MEETING FOR THE PURPOSE OF RATIFYING A PAST ACTION WHICH MAY HAVE OCCURRED IN VIOLATION OF THE OPEN MEETING LAW
Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.05, notice is hereby given to the members of the Window Rock Unified School District Governing Board and to the general public that the Window Rock Unified School District Governing Board will hold a meeting open to the public on April 15, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. at in the Administrative Governing Board Room, in Fort Defiance, Arizona. In light of the current social distancing mandates, the meeting will also be streamed at the following link:
Meeting number: 144 658 534
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Access code: 144 658 534
The notice and agenda for the April 15, 2020 Governing Board Meeting will be posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. The purpose of this Notice is to provide members of the public, at least 72 hours in advance, with notice of: (a) a description of the action to be ratified, (b) a clear statement that the public body proposes to ratify a prior action, and (c) information on how the public may obtain a written description of the action to be ratified.
Action to Be Ratified:
On Friday, March 13, 2020, in light of the growing public health crisis, it was determined that the Governing Board should hold an emergency meeting the following day on Saturday, March 14, 2020 to make urgent decisions with respect to possible school closures, staff travel, employee pay, and other critical issues brought about by the COVID-19 crisis related to the welfare of the Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community.
The Window Rock Unified School District held an open meeting which began at 10:00 A.M. The Notice and Agenda for the Board meeting were not posted until 3:06 P.M. the day before the meeting, a period of less than 24 hours prior to the meeting, thereby depriving the general public and stake holders adequate notice. The Arizona Open Meeting Law, A.R.S. §38-431.02(C) states “meetings shall not be held without at least twenty-four hours’ notice to the members of the public body and to the general public.”
The Board shall act to ratify the actions taken in violation of the Open Meeting Law during the meeting held on March 14, 2020 at during a meeting of the Governing Board on April 15, 2020.
The public may obtain a detailed written description of the agenda items and board action to be ratified online at: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001576
In light of the on-going public health crisis related to COVID-19 and in light of shelter-in-place orders currently being implemented by the Navajo Nation, the District strongly encourages members of the public to view the items being ratified online. Members of the public may also view the materials at the Administration Building, located at the Corner N7 & N12 - West of TMS Hospital Housing, and next to Tsehootsooi Primary Learning Center (TPLC) Building, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504. The Administration Office is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
Posted on April 10, 2020
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