The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education abruptly adjourned its meeting Thursday, May 18th, shortly after it started.

The meeting, which was held in the Santa Monica City Council Chamber at City Hall, was attended by a large number of Santa Monica High School students wishing to hear a report on their school’s redesign.

Due to insufficient seating for a large crowd, the Santa Monica Fire Department asked those without seats to clear the room, as required by fire safety regulations.

City Hall has closed circuit television in the lobby so that overflow crowds can watch public meetings.

However, the closed circuit system was not operating and could not be repaired.

School district and crew members from CityTV, which handles the closed circuit system for the City of Santa Monica, tried for some time to get the system working.

“Adjourning the meeting was the best option, given the inability to provide access to all members of the public who wished to participate in the meeting,” said a spokesperson for the school board. “The board thanks the Santa Monica High School students for their interest in their school and in the workings of the board. The board also thanks the fire department for its assistance.”

The school board will hear the agenda item about Santa Monica High School at its next meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1st.

District officials will hold the meeting in a venue — not announced at press time — that can accommodate a larger audience.

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