Germantown school superintendent closes town hall on LGBTQ students to public

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GERMANTOWN HILLS — A town hall on LGBTQ students will now be closed to the public and press, a local TV station reported.

WEEK-TV reported that Superintendent Dan Mair is closing the meeting at the request of parents. He told the station that parents were concerned about their children’s privacy.

Last week, a principal in the school district had sent a letter to parents saying that LGBTQ students couldn’t discuss their orientation without permission because it was too disruptive.

From WEEK-TV:

Mair said only parents of current Germantown Hills Middle School students and staff members will be invited to enter the JDS Gymnasium, where the meeting will be held. Mair said a statement and media availability will be provided to the press following the town hall meeting.

It is unclear if school board members will be attending the meeting. If a quorum of members attend the closed meeting, it could become a violation of the Open Meetings Act, said Springfield-based attorney Don Craven, who specializes in government transparency issues.

Mair hadn’t responded to the TV station’s request for further comment.

Area LGBTQ rights group Peoria Proud had been planning to attend the town hall in support of the students. The group’s board is working on a response to the latest news from the district.

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