A frequent commenter has raised an intriguing question about the $5,000 raise recently granted to Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves. The raise was approved after an "executive session," which is a euphemism that governments use to describe a non-public, closed-door meeting. (Click here to read our coverage of the public portion of the meeting.)
By my reading of state law, the Board of Education was fully within its rights to discuss the raise in an executive session. Personnel issues are one of the lawfully allowed executive session topics. But the law does not require a superintendent’s salary to be discussed exclusively in executive session. The board could have chosen to conduct some or all of the discussion in public.
So, here is the question that was raised in the comment section (I’ve cleaned up the grammar and spelling):
Before approving a salary increase for the superintendent, shouldn’t the superintendent’s job performance be evaluated in an open session seeking public input from parents and taxpayers?
What’s your answer to that question?