Q: May the board of trustees of a school district go into executive session to conduct interviews or discussions for the purpose of hiring a new board attorney?

A: The board of trustees may enter into executive session to conduct interviews or discussions for the purpose of hiring of a particular individual as the new board attorney, if the individual will be an employee of the district. However, under existing law there is no authority for the school board to enter into executive session to interview or discuss the engagement of an individual as the new board attorney, if the individual will be an independent contractor. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Turner dated April 13, 2009)