Youngstown City School Board member sues district over public records request

Dario Hunter said he requested public information about the principal hiring process and hasn't heard back in over 30 days

Dario Hunter, Youngstown City School Board

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dario Hunter, a member of the Youngstown City School District Board of Education, has officially taken legal action against the Youngstown City School District.

The lawsuit — filed Wednesday in State Supreme Court — claims the school district failed to comply with Hunter’s open records request for any correspondence between the district and any employee or representative of Atlantic Research Partners, citing its “not so great” past. That’s the firm Krish Mohip, CEO of the school district, hired about six months ago to search for principals at a cost of over $12,000.

Hunter said the request was sent on June 29 and a day later he got an email saying Mohip had received the request and would be responding within a reasonable amount of time.

Hunter said that never happened.

“According to Ohio Auditor David Yost, any court would certainly find the wait of more than 30 days in violation of the Public Records Act. We are past that time and I still haven’t received the records requested. This is not the first time the district has put up a road block to requests of public records.”

Mohip was at Hunter’s press conference Wednesday and said it has only been 22 business days since he received that open records request, which Mohip said is about 33,000 emails.

Mohip released a statement before the meeting:

We will review Mr. Hunter’s complaint with legal counsel and we’ll respond in the appropriate court filings. And on advice of legal counsel, we cannot comment on pending litigation.”

Correction: Previously, this article stated that the lawsuit was against Youngstown City School District CEO Krish Mohip, but it was against the district as a whole.

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