Cuyahoga Falls attorney Warner Mendenhall has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the city’s Board of Education to release emails between its members and Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.
The suit was filed on behalf of Bradley LeBoeuf, a fellow lawyer who, according to Mendenhall, wants to ensure transparency among district leaders and glean information from the emails to see how the superintendent and board reached certain decisions during the 2012-13 school year.
LeBoeuf said he resorted to court action after a records request seeking emails from Jan. 1 to May 22 was ignored.
“There was zero response from the school board,” said Mendenhall to Beacon reporter Gina Mace. “They haven’t even said they need more time. They did nothing. That’s what forced us to file a lawsuit.”
Nichols said school officials weren’t dodging the request, but were reviewing the situation with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office to determine which emails should be handed over as LeBoeuf isn’t the only one asking to see potentially sensitive pieces of digital correspondence.
The lawsuit is pending in the Summit County Common Pleas
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