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Old 08-08-2017, 12:40 PM
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Wall Township school board sued over refusal to disclose yearbook invoice.

On August 3, 2017, Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) filed a lawsuit against the Wall Township Board of Education challenging its refusal to disclose an invoice from Jostens, the high school's yearbook vendor.

On June 19, 2017, LFTG requested a copy of Jostens' invoice regarding its production of the 2017 high school yearbook. The request was made because one of the student's photographs in the 2017 yearbook was altered so as to remove references to Donald Trump. As a result, all of the yearbooks have been reprinted at a cost of $10,000. The school board has claimed that no public funds were used for the reprint. In response to LFTG's records request, the school board confirmed that an invoice existed but denied access claiming that the invoice was protected by the deliberative process privilege. In his June 19, 2017 denial, Board Secretary Brian J. Smyth stated that "the invoice has not been reviewed and approved for payment [thus it] is exempt while the district deliberates as part of the review."

The lawsuit is captioned Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Wall Township Board of Education and Brian J. Smyth, Docket No. MON-L-2848-17 and LFTG is being represented by Walter M. Luers of Clinton.


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