Our Board is interested in hearing the experiences of anyone who has conducted teacher contract negotiations in public. We are trying to respond to community requests that we negotiate in public for our next contract. In the past, we have assigned a team of board members the task of negotiating with teachers in closed sessions. The team reported back to the board a general statement on progress (or lack thereof) which the board has communicated to the public during regular board meetings and in a monthly newsletter. Board discussions of negotiating positions/strategies have been held in executive session. A few community members want us to conduct our next round of negotiations in public. We would appreciate hearing about the experience of other boards in conducting open negotiations and/or responding to community requests to do so. What do these public meetings look like? What have been the pros and cons of such an approach? Thanks for sharing your views on this!