Judge Orders Release of Documents

(BLACKFOOT) – After a lawsuit by The Post Register, a judge has ordered the Blackfoot School District to release all its documents surrounding a separation agreement.

The issue was ordered Friday in an open records lawsuit that involved the newspaper and former teacher Joyce Bingham after the school district refused to release records detailing a separation agreement the school board and former Superintendent Scott Crane, as well as details of a contract payout worth more than $105,000.

The check was received by an unnamed source, as school district officials claimed they did not have to release the details due to state law for personnel matters.

“Everything about this case smacks of a public agency trying to hide its decision-making from the public,” Sixth District Judge David Nye wrote in his ruling. “Parties cannot exempt a public record from disclosure and hide it from the public simply by placing it in a personnel file and declaring the personnel file exemption to be applicable to it.”

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