Lawsuit settled between Youngstown City School Board member, district

Youngstown City School Board member Dario Hunter filed the suit in August claiming a public records request was not met

Dario Hunter, Youngstown City School Board

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A lawsuit between the Youngstown City School District and a Board of Education member was settled Thursday.

Back in August, a lawsuit was filed against the school district.

Board member Dario Hunter filed the suit, claiming a public records request was not met. Hunter was seeking all correspondence between the district and the company contracted to hire a principal for Youngstown City Schools.

Thursday, that lawsuit was settled out of court through mediation. Hunter will be given more of the records he requested. Hunter says he hopes this suit keeps officials transparent in the future.

“We’re all responsible — as public agencies and public servants — that when parents, when members of the community request information, that those requests have to be fulfilled under the law,” Hunter said. “And also because they’re entitled to have that information and the public is entitled to have transparency and accountability for their public servants.”

Youngstown City Schools spokesperson Denise Dick said it wasn’t a transparency issue, but a time issue.

She said there were thousands of emails to gather for the records request and they couldn’t collect them as quickly as Hunter wanted.

Hunter was also awarded $100 in court costs, which he plans to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown.

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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