The Board shall be authorized to hold executive sessions upon an affirmative vote, taken at an open meeting for which notice has been given in accordance with state law, of two-thirds of the members present. The vote of each member on the question of holding an executive session and the reason for holding such an executive session shall be recorded and entered into the minutes of the meeting.

Such executive sessions shall be limited to matters allowed to be exempted from discussion at open meetings. No final or binding action shall be taken at such a closed meeting; nor shall such closed meetings be used as a subterfuge to defeat the statutory intent.

Closed meetings may be held for the following reasons;

  1. Discussion of the character, the professional competence, or physical or mental health of a single individual provided that such individual may require that such discussion be held at an open meeting, but not for the appointment of a person to the Board. In cases of extraordinary emergency, written notice to such individual shall not be required; however, the Board shall give notice as it deems appropriate and circumstances permit.
  2. Strategy sessions or negotiations with respect to collective bargaining, prospective litigation after formal written demand, or litigation, when an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the bargaining, or litigating position of the public body.
  3. Discussion regarding the report, development, or course of action regarding security personnel, plans, or devices.
  4. Investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct.
  5. Cases of extraordinary emergency, which shall be limited to natural disaster, threat of epidemic, civil disturbances, suppression of insurrections, or the repelling of invasions, or other matters of similar magnitude.
  6. Discussions between the Board and individual students or the parents or tutors of such students, or both, who are within the jurisdiction of the respective School System, regarding problems of such students, their parents, or tutors. Such a discussion may be held in open meetings at the request of the student, parent or tutor.
  7. Any other matters now provided for or as may be provided for by the Legislature. LA-R.S. Sec. 42:4.1-42:10 shall not apply to judicial proceedings.

Louisiana Statutes do not prohibit the removal of any person or persons who willfully disrupt a meeting to the extent that orderly conduct of the meeting is seriously compromised.

Ref: LA-R.S. Sec. 17:81, 42:4.1, 42:5, 42:6, 42:6.1, 42:7, 42:7.1, 42:9, 42:10.