Tuesday, December 10, 2019

D-20 Board gets sued

Posted By on Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 2:27 PM

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A lawsuit has been filed against the Academy School District 20 Board of Education, claiming the board circumvented Colorado transparency laws in hiring its new superintendent.

According to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, Melanie Knapp, a parent in the district, submitted her lawsuit in El Paso County District Court on Nov. 8, claiming the board violated Colorado Open Meetings law by making hiring decisions behind closed doors and failing to convene executive sessions.

Knapp’s lawsuit also alleges that the district wrongfully withheld the names and applications of superintendent finalists from her after she requested them under the Colorado Open Records Act.

“Such practice is inconsistent with the plain requirements of CORA and the OML (open meetings law), which require disclosure of the final group of qualified candidates in order for the public to observe, and possibly participate in the vetting process,” Knapp’s complaint says. 

The district declined to comment on the lawsuit. 

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