Simadiris v. Patterson Pub. Sch. Dist.

In Simadiris v. Patterson Pub. Sch. Dist., the Appellate Division confronted tension between the Tenured Employees Hearing Law, N.J.S.A. 18A:6-10 to -25, and the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 to – 21. The former mandates that charges against a tenured employee shall not be discussed at a public meeting, but the latter “permits a public body to exclude the public from personnel discussions “unless all [affected employees] request in writing that the matter. be discussed at a public meeting[.]” The Appellate Division held that the Tenured Employees Hearing Law “constitutes one of the exceptions to the Open Public Meetings Act” that an action taken against a tenured employee was properly done in private.

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