As citizens of this community it is our right and obligation to hold the board accountable, just as it is their duty to inform the community of their actions. As public servants, it is critical that everything be done with integrity.
I have heard some people say that the reason the legal fees are so high is because of all of the questions that the community is asking to get answers with their open records request.
Please see the invoices that are included in this article. As you can see, most of the legal fees between October and December, 2016 are in reference to regular items that the school district deals with and the district administrator position and have nothing to do with open records request.
The January 2017 invoice for legal fees does include some open records requests. Please note that on January 3, 2017 there is a charge for $1,870, which mentions the following: Review and respond to correspondence from Ms. Hoyord regarding public records request. Attend board meeting.
Since the lawyer is in Madison and attended the January 3, 2017 Special Board Meeting, the majority of the $1,870 is for her travel time, as well as time spent at the board meeting. The other open records requests that were listed on January 16, 2017 and January 20, 2017 are minimal.