COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina newspaper is suing a school district over officials’ lack of transparency in their handling of the resignation of a popular superintendent last month.
The State newspaper in Columbia says it filed the lawsuit last week against the Lexington-Richland 5 school district.
The newspaper argues that the school board approved a settlement with former superintendent Christina Melton behind closed doors.
The suit alleges that’s a violation of open meeting laws because board members didn’t hold a public discussion or vote.
Melton resigned unexpectedly last month, shortly after being named South Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year.
School board chair Jan Hammond has defended the closed-door meeting.