Whether cameras should have been allowed at a demotion hearing for a Hanover school district principal comes down to whether the hearing met the definition of being public. A Hanover school board member shoved a camera into a wall at the recent hearing because the district’s lawyer had decided cameras weren’t allowed. (They are allowed at other public meetings).
Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, told the (Hanover) Evening Sun that even though there was a quorum of board members present, it’s possible the meeting might not have been public under the Sunshine Act, which allows people to record public meetings. There was no deliberation and no votes taken, Melewsky said, which are hallmarks of a public meeting.