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96-IB30: Re: Freedom of Information Act Complaint dated May 30, 1996 Woodbridge School District

Written on: September 25th, 1996 in 10002(l) (1) Exemptions - Personnel10002(l) (2) Exemptions - Trade Secrets

The Complainant alleged that Woodbridge School District Board of Education violated the open meeting requirement of the Freedom of Information Act by holding an executive session for the purpose of discussing applications for a scholarship. The Board argued that because review of the applications required discussion of financial eligibility and review of tax return documents and pupil files which are protected under FOIA, the applications could not be reviewed in open meeting. Held: because the review of applications involved review of documents which are protected under the FOIA, there was no violation of the open meeting requirement.

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