Notwithstanding some tendencies and practices to the contrary (not within your district, of course), the Michigan Open Meetings Act does not authorize a board of education to meet in closed session whenever a “personnel matter” is to be considered. This catch-all phrase is simply not found within the text of the OMA.
The OMA does permit closed sessions for certain personnel matters, but only to a limited extent, as follows:
To consider the dismissal, suspension, or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, or to consider a periodic personnel evaluation of, a public officer, employee, staff member, or individual agent, if the named person requests a closed hearing. A person requesting a closed hearing may rescind the request at any time, in which case the matter at issue shall be considered after the rescission only in open sessions. OMA, Section 8(a), MCL 15.268(a)
Thus, personnel matters that do not involve possible discipline or normally scheduled performance evaluation of an employee, are not appropriate subjects for a closed meeting. Examples of such “non-closed session” personnel issues include union grievances (non-disciplinary); assignment/transfer/promotion decisions; complaints received from employees; work rules and personnel handbooks; retirement incentives; merit pay; layoff/recall; and staffing.[Note:] The foregoing issues, if specifically addressed within a confidential written attorney-client legal opinion letter, may nevertheless be considered during a closed meeting to the extent discussion is confined to the scope of the attorney letter.
The OMA was never designed to encourage the use of closed meetings and the area of personnel/labor relations is no exception.