Martin County schools violated open records law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The attorney general's office has found the Martin County school district violated the state's open records law by not publicly releasing email, letters and memos exchanged between the superintendent and board members.

Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver issued that finding late last week and released it to the public on Monday.

The Mountain Citizen editor Gary Ball had requested all forms of written communications between the superintendent and board members since January 2011.

Superintendent Mark Blackburn said that information is protected by federal law and that the correspondence may contain private information about employees or students.

Bensenhaver said Blackburn's response "constituted a procedural violation" of the state's open records law. She said the district should redact protected information and turn the rest over to the newspaper.

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