Judge Rules in Favor of School District

District Court Judge William J. Edelman has ruled that Sheridan County School District 2 did not violate Wyoming open meetings laws.

The ruling finds in favor of the district in action brought by Sheridan newspaper management earlier this year.

Newspaper management filed a petition in February asking the court to grant an order releasing minutes from school district executive sessions. Management alleged that school district trustees violated state open meetings laws by conducting closed sessions to discuss a multi-purpose facility under consideration by trustees. The petition alleged that trustees discussed the project in closed sessions, contrary to the open meetings laws, but that no public discussions have been held.

In an order issued late Thursday afternoon, the district judge wrote that he found no issues of material fact, and that all issues discussed by district 2 trustees in executive sessions were “well within the framework” of Wyoming statute. The judge noted the court performed a review of minutes from the board's executive sessions, and wrote that he found all matters discussed fit squarely within what may be kept confidential under state law.

He also noted that newspaper management “concedes” that the school district was cooperative with the newspaper regarding disclosure of materials newspaper management had asked the district to provide.

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