Iowa judge: Closed meeting on superintendent OK

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has ruled that the majority of a closed-door meeting last year about a former Des Moines superintendent’s behavior was justified, but a redacted portion must be released to a former school board member.

The Friday ruling by Polk County Judge Karen Romano says most of the 80-minute meeting on May 10, 2012, about superintendent Nancy Sebring properly followed an Iowa code that allows for such a private meeting.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit on behalf of former board member Graham Gillette, who says he was denied access to records from the meeting.

Romano says the board must release information to Gillette that is not directly involved with Sebring, who resigned over emails to a lover written on her district computer.

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