Monroe County Community School Corporation School Board officials declined to comment on legal proceedings which may be brought against the district by a local Bloomington resident. Board members met last night to discuss Indiana Public Access Councilor complaints brought against the district by Indiana University Biology Scientist Eric Knox. The complaint alleges the MCCSC violated Indiana’s open door laws by holding a series of meetings which may have involved topics not specifically allowable under Indiana statutory law. The PAC ruled in favor of Professor Knox… citing several memos which incorrectly stated proper legal references. The PAC also alleged in its ruling that Indiana law requires not only a restatement of statutory language… but a specific explanation of the purpose of a meeting.
The complaint arose after board members declined to respond to a series of letters from Knox questioning the process by which they were selecting a superintendent.
Knox has not yet filed any suit with the Monroe County Circuit Court and the Public Access Councilor ruling is not an act of court and is therefore not legally binding. In previous discussions with WFIU, the PAC has indicated that while Knox could potentially convince a court to overturn the school board’s decision to appoint Tim Hyland as interim superintendent… it is unlikely he could prevent the board from simply reappointing Hyland at a later date.