A Cuyahoga Falls attorney has filed a lawsuit to force the Board of Education to release emails between board members and the superintendent.
Attorney Warner Mendenhall, who filed the court action on behalf of fellow lawyer Bradley LeBoeuf, said the suit is all about ensuring transparency from the district leaders.
“He’s interested in the decision-making process between the superintendent and the school board,” Mendenhall said.
The lawsuit is pending before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Teodosio.
LeBoeuf made his records request May 22, seeking all emails sent and received between school board President Kellie Patterson, other board members and Superintendent Todd Nichols.
The request covers emails between Jan. 1 and May 22.
“There was zero response from the school board,” Mendenhall said. “They haven’t even said they need more time. They did nothing. That’s what forced us to file a lawsuit.”
While LeBoeuf didn’t receive a response from the board, that doesn’t mean his request was ignored, Nichols said. LeBoeuf had children attending Cuyahoga Falls schools when the request was made. The children have since transferred to another district.
“We sought the services of the attorney general’s mediation services to bring this whole thing to an end,” Nichols said. “We have found that the mediation services did not follow through. The attorney general’s office is in the process of reviewing the situation.”