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The Depew School Board met in an unannounced, closed session Tuesday to discuss litigation involving the co-generation plant on the district's campus.

The co-generation plant, built in 1988 at a cost of $900,000, provides heat and electricity from four gas wells on the campus.

The wells have been in operation since 1985.

Kenneth Manning, the board's lawyer, said last week that the board was considering litigation involving the plant. A reporter, who learned of the 4 p.m. meeting while it was in progress, was not admitted when he arrived at the session.

The meeting was described as a work session scheduled so that an out-of-town consultant could attend.

It was attended by Peter M. Brenner Sr., who takes over as superintendent July 1.

Interim Superintendent Judith P. Staples was in the administrative offices, but apparently away from the board room when the reporter arrived.

The state's Open Meetings Law requires public bodies convened to conduct public business to provide public notice of meetings.

Meetings scheduled less than a week in advance require notice given to the public and news media "to the extent practicable," and must be posted in a designated public location.

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