Privacy Lawsuit: School District Wants Iowa Supreme Court To Intervene

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Des Moines Public School District wants the Iowa Supreme Court to review a judge's ruling allowing a former superintendent's lawsuit to proceed.

Judge Glenn Pille ruled last month that emails sent and received by Nancy Sebring through her district-issued email account and electronics should have remained confidential. The explicit messages were exchanged with her married lover.

Her invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argues the emails were personal and not subject to the state's open records laws. Sebring is suing the district, its spokesman, a former school board president and a school attorney.

Des Moines Public Schools says the emails were public records and the judge's ruling could have a "chilling effect" on the release of public records. The case is scheduled to go to trial in November.

Sebring resigned from her job in Des Moines in 2012 and accepted the superintendent position with Omaha Public Schools. Once the email issue became public, she resigned from OPS before her scheduled start date.

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