IC school district admits it withheld records

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa City School District admitted last week it withheld documents requested under the Iowa Open Records Act.

District parent Edwin Stone and former district assistant physical-plant director David Gurwell filed a lawsuit in April 2011 alleging the district did not provide them with records — pertaining to a series of district construction projects — requested between 2009 and 2011.

According to correspondence between Stone and Gurwell's lawyer and the district, the district acknowledged the documents Stone and Gurwell requested were pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Act. The district will also pay Stone and Gurwell $4,769.84 in court fees.

The lawsuit named Superintendent Steve Murley, former district executive director of administrative services Paul Bobek, and all seven members of the School Board prior to the most recent board elections.

— by Luke Voelz

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