The Block Island Times ( Block Island, RI )
A 2-0 vote by the New Shoreham School Committee will apparently end Marsha Gutierrez’s career at the Block Island School without health benefits in her retirement package, and, according to her attorney, Gutierrez is expected to file suit against the town of New Shoreham in R.I. Superior Court . . .
. . . The Committee went into executive session after disposing of two routine agenda items. The agenda cited the Open Meetings Act provisions allowing private discussion of “Collective Bargaining, Personnel, and Litigation.” Gutierrez remained in the meeting as clerk while the audience of about 35 left the room.
Few left the building after the open session discussion ended. Attendees waited (loudly) in the hallway outside the library, expecting or hoping, as one attendee said, that the Committee would announce a decision on Gutierrez’s contract after the closed session, perhaps at her insistence.
Instead, when the executive session ended and the audience returned to the library, Padien said only that no motions were made and no actions taken in the closed part of the meeting. The minutes of the executive session were sealed, as is customary under the Open Meetings Act . . .