Last week, the Kirksville R-III School District received a faxed message from the Missouri State Attorney General’s office regarding a complaint alleging a Sunshine Law violation. According to the Missouri Attorney General’s office, the Sunshine Law declares Missouri’s commitment to openness in government. The law sets out the limited instances when meetings, records, and votes may be closed, while stressing that these exceptions are to be strictly interpreted to promote the public policy of openness. Public meetings, including meetings conducted by telephone, internet, or other electronic means are to be held at reasonably convenient times and must be accessible to the public. The Kirksville R-III School District says they immediately sought clarification from the Attorney General’s office about the complaint and are continuing in the process of responding to their request for additional information.