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School Comm
04/01/2015 at 07:00pm 
Wednesday
Makepeace Literacy Center
agenda

Governance changed
04/02/2015 at 07:30am 
Thursday
Selectmen\'s Meeting Room 2nd floor
agenda
agenda, revised

Housing Auth
04/02/2015 at 02:15pm 
Thursday
Meadowbrook Way
agenda

Selectmen
04/02/2015 at 07:00pm 
Thursday
Town Hall, Mtg Room #1
agenda
agenda, revised
agenda, second revision

Fire Station Building
04/06/2015 at 07:30am 
Monday
Fire Station 3 - 120 South Main St.
agenda

GATRA
04/07/2015 at 01:00pm 
Tuesday
Norton Public Library, Norton, MA
agenda

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While most public meetings are open to the public, a board or committee may hold a closed session, called an "executive session." However, the board or committee must, in open session, identity a specific reason for going into executive session, and the reason must be one of several statutory exceptions permitted by law. Under the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, a governmental body may hold an executive session when it is dealing with one of nine exemptions found in Mass Gen. Laws. Ch. 30A, section 11A 1/2 and Mass Gen. Laws. Ch. 39, section 23B. Note that executive sessions are not "secret," in that minutes must be taken, and those minutes will be made public when the need for the closed session has passed.