YORK, Maine — The Blue Ribbon Education Commission voted not to contest legal actions taken against it and agreed to pay a fine for meeting in private.

The group met at the York County Community College and set goals and expectations for its public meetings in the future.

The chairman of the Maine Department of Education said from now on he wants everything to be transparent.

He said these meetings are important to generate ideas to make Maine’s learning environment the best it can be.

“To see if there’s any, first if there’s any additional learning or additional educational opportunities for Maine students and secondly, and just as importantly, are the efficiencies we can bring to it,” said Dr. Robert Hasson, chairman of the Maine Department of Education.

The next meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 12, at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris.