"The Española School Board has claimed transparency will be the hallmark of its superintendent hiring process. So far, the Board has gone as far as skirting state open meetings and public records laws to keep the process under wraps.
The Board may have violated the state Open Meetings Act during a Nov. 1 closed-door meeting where it discussed the superintendent search process and other topics it is required to discuss publicly, according to an agenda of the meeting viewed by the SUN.
An agenda of the meeting distributed to the public stated the Board would meet in closed session to evaluate Superintendent David Cockerham and discuss a land transaction. Once behind closed doors, the Board followed a separate, different agenda listing six separate items, which had been kept from the public until Tuesday."