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WRV superintendent says complaint is "null and void issue"

Friday, September 21, 2012

The White River Valley Board of School Trustees addressed a complaint that had been filed to the Indiana Public Access Counsel by an incoming school board member, who alleged the administration was taking too much time to comply with a public record's request.

At Thursday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Layton Wall said a formal written complaint had been filed by incoming school board member Andrew "Andy" Davis, of Worthington, that alleged the school administration/board was "acting too slowly" in response to a public record's request that specified access to records and invoices relating to work done for the school corporation by Graves Plumbing of Switz City.

Board member Andrew Graves is employed by Graves Plumbing, which is owned by his father, Rick Graves, who serves as a Greene County Commissioner.

Davis is unopposed in the upcoming Nov. 6 school board election and will take the District 5 (Jefferson Precinct) seat on the board Jan. 1.

Wall, who said he was speaking on the issue at the request of the school board, said he had received a letter from Indiana Public Access Counselor Joseph B. Hoage that "found we were moving with adequate speed" in providing the requested records related to Graves Plumbing.

The Save Our School (SOS) group has requested a list of WRV School Corporation expenditures relating to Graves Plumbing for the period March 1, 2010 through June 13, 2012.

Earlier, the board had announced that expenditures for the specified period to Graves Plumbing amounted to about $15,000.

Wall called Davis' complaint a "null and void issue" because those records have now been released to Davis, as requested.

Wall also pointed out that the request was made individually by Davis, who Wall said is no longer associated with the SOS organization that made an extensive public records requests to the school administration in June and July.

The records request are being handled on behalf of the school corporation by WRV's special school attorney, Susan Traynor Chastain, of the Indianapolis law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Also, among the requested documents are:

* All records of communication between Wall and school board members about MGT of America, the feasibility study and results, and the closing of the elementary schools in Worthington and Lyons. This includes emails, WRV School Corporation-owned cell phone text messages, faxes, and other forms of written communication from March 1, 2010 through June 6, 2012.

* All emails from the corporation-owned email accounts of Wall.

* A list of WRV School Corporation expenditures related to: Wall, Curriculum Director Michael Langevin, WRV School Board members for the time period March 1, 2010 through June 13, 2012.

* Memoranda, agendas, official unredacted minutes and other related notes of executive sessions of the WRV School Board from Jan. 1, 2009 through May 31, 2012.