“Secret” open records discussions at the Wauwatosa School Board

Amanda St. Hilaire:

A Wauwatosa School Board member says the board president punished him after he revealed a secret conversation about a FOX6 public records request.

Board member Mike Meier’s attorney sent the school board a letter this week, warning the matter could go to litigation. FOX6 shared documents related to the case with additional open government attorneys, who say the school board’s actions are questionable, and potentially a violation of Wisconsin’s open meetings law.

Meier says he’s concerned these actions will discourage public leaders from turning over public records and speaking up about potential violations of Wisconsin’s laws governing transparency.

The school board president, without addressing the legality of the board’s actions, claims Meier violated board policy and could expose the district to “negative financial impact.”