Easton School District Will Appeal E-Mail Case
The Easton Area School District says ruling to turn over e-mails to newspaper involves too much time, documents.
The Easton Area School District will appeal a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling ordering it to turn over board member and administration e-mails to The Morning Call.
According to the Express-Times, district lawyer John Freund said he hadn't initially planned on appealing the ruling, but now feels the district has to because of the sheer number of documents involved.
Freund had said last month the ruling could potentially involve 3,300 e-mails, all of which will have to be reviewed to see if they contain legally protected information about students or district employees.
But now that number appears to be higher: 4,200 e-mails, which works out to 8,400 printed pages, $2,100 in printing costs and 140 man-hours, Freund told the newspaper.
According to court records, then-Morning Call reporter Christopher Baxter filed a Right-to-Know request to see "all emails sent and received between October 1, 2010, and October 31, 2010, for the email addresses of nine school board members, the district superintendent and the general school district."