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Judge opens part of closed DM School Board meeting

Judge opens part of closed DM School Board meeting

An agreement approved Tuesday made public a portion of a closed Des Moines school board meeting in May where a Polk County judge said "inappropriate" topics were discussed.

The meeting was to demand the resignation of Nancy Sebring, then the superintendent of the district, after news that she used a district computer to send a series of erotic emails to her lover.

Former board member Graham Gillette sued the district to get the minutes and recording of the meeting made public.  

In the settlement, the Des Moines School Board admits that during a meeting in which it discussed the pending resignation of then-superintendent Nancy Sebring, it discussed matters that the court concluded were inappropriate.  

Randall Wilson, general counsel for the ACLU of Iowa, said, “We’re reasonably certain that this settlement assures the immediate and full disclosure of all the information the public was entitled to. It’s unfortunate that it look a lawsuit to accomplish that.” 

Here are the minutes that were released by the settlement: View Document  

May 12 school board meeting audio 1: 

May 12 school board meeting audio 2:  

May 12 school board meeting audio 3: 

May 12 school board meeting audio 4: 

 

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