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School board member thanks us for story informing him of OMA complaint

Pawtucket School Committee member David Coughlin thanked The Valley Breeze this week for a story informing the public about our open meetings complaint against the school board he serves on. An email from Coughlin was copied to other School Committee members and administrators.

"Had I not read this article in the Valley Breeze today I would not have known this (Open Meetings Act) complaint had been filed with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office," he wrote. "The School Committee has yet to be notified by anyone that this OMA complaint has been filed."

"I hope you agree that as elected officials, it is imperative we are kept current on all that affects the Pawtucket School Department," added Coughlin. "This obviously does not occur."

Coughlin has often expressed frustration about having to hear local school news through the media first.

"Regrettably and shamefully, this is the third time in a month I, an elected member of the School Committee, have been compelled to learn of something new at Pawtucket School Department for the first time in the newspapers," he wrote.

"Per Pawtucket School Committee policy, (speaking for myself and not for the School Committee, of course), I submit we are thankful we have Ethan Shorey and dedicated journalists of the the Fourth Estate in place to let the members of Pawtucket School Committee know what's going on in the Pawtucket School Department."

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