SB149 was voted ought to pass with amendment 5-0 by the Senate Education Committee this week. This bill adds a non-public meeting exemption for school tuition contracts. The committee amendment adds the phrase “student or pupil tuition” before “contract” in the first sentence of the new exemption. This is the full amended first sentence:
Consideration by a school board of entering into a student or pupil tuition contract authorized by RSA 194 or RSA 195-A, which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general public or the school district that is considering a contract, including any meeting between the school boards, or committees thereof, involved in the negotiations.
The report on the bill from the committee was written by Sen. Nancy Stiles:
This bill allows a school board to consider certain student or pupil contracts in nonpublic session under the right-to-know law under certain circumstances. The committee amendment would make a proposed contract and supporting information available to the public prior to a school board voting on the contract.
This bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.