MOBERLY, Mo. – Openings remain for the upcoming University of Missouri Extension program in January for public board members.

The two-session program helps public board members and employees understand their roles and responsibilities, said MU Extension agribusiness specialist Joe Koenen.

The sessions are Jan. 19 and Jan. 21, 6-9 p.m., in Unionville, Mexico, Chillicothe, Brookfield and Memphis. Sessions are broadcast remotely to each site but attendees can ask speakers questions and make comments.

The $50 fee covers two sessions, training materials and two meals.

Koenen and longtime MU Extension county council coordinator Tony DeLong teach the class.

Topics include the Missouri Sunshine Law and how it pertains to public meetings. DeLong and Koenen will discuss procedures for closed meetings, personnel policies, labor standards, conflicts of interest and how to respond to Sunshine Law requests.

They also will review parliamentary procedure, Robert’s Rules of Order, budgets, financial statements and audits.

Additionally, they will talk about handling the public’s money.

To register, make checks payable to MU Extension in Putnam County, Courthouse Room 104, Unionville, MO 63565, or to the site you are attending. Registration is due by Jan. 11.

Call Koenen at 660-947-2705 for more information.

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