Stow-Munroe Falls City Board of Education member Rod Armstrong filed a lawsuit in the Summit County Common Pleas Court against fellow board members and the district’s treasurer on Monday.
Armstrong alleges that the board broke state laws concerning open meetings and private meetings. Named in the complaint, filed by on behalf of Armstrong by his attorney Warner Mendenhall, are the rest of the board members along with CFO/treasurer Catherine Bulgrin.
“The school board has held illegal executive sessions and that is a violation of our government,” Mendenhall said.
On Aug. 13 Armstrong walked out of an executive session that was held after a school board meeting. He said that he felt that the board was addressing issues that were unrelated to the initial reason for holding the meeting.
The stated purpose of the Aug. 13 meeting was to discuss personnel.
After the meeting, Armstrong said he planned on making a motion to declare the meeting an illegal session and has formally filed a complaint as a result.
Members of the school board could not be reached for comment.
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