Public records lawsuit against GIPS dismissed

A judge dismissed a lawsuit against Grand Island Public Schools.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit against Grand Island Public Schools.(MGN)
Published: Aug. 25, 2022 at 2:46 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A local radio station group has dropped its public records lawsuit against Grand Island Public Schools.

Legacy Communications operates seven local radio stations in the Grand Island area under the brand GI Family Radio. The group includes radio station KRGI.

Legacy made public records requests after Grand Island Public Schools fired varsity boys soccer coach Jeremy Jensen April 14 for releasing images of survey results from students in the district via Facebook. Those images depicted a bad culture in the district and relayed that teachers were leaving the district at an alarming rate.

The district did respond to the public records request, but Legacy claimed that its response was inadequate. So Legacy sued GIPS and Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover for “failure to respond to requests made under the Nebraska Public Records Statutes.”

On August 9, a judge granted Legacy’s request to drop the lawsuit which had been filed in Hall County District Court. The lawsuit was dismissed “without prejudice,” which means the case could be re-filed at a later date.

Legacy CEO Alan Usher said, “We requested that the suit be dropped. We continue to work with Grand Island Public Schools to get the information that we feel is necessary to communicate with the public.”

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