- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A state audit accuses the Joplin school district and its board of open record and meeting law violations.

The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/1zUkbxQ ) reports that the audit says the board didn’t make public the results of some votes taken during closed meetings, including the approval of a settlement agreement with a vendor.

The audit also found the board failed to give final approval in open meetings to contracts that had received initial approval in closed meetings. Examples included the superintendent’s contract and several construction contracts following the 2011 tornado.

Representatives of the district and board said in their formal response to the audit that they make closed votes public when requested. But the auditor’s office said that practice alone doesn’t satisfy the requirements of state law.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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