Liberty Public Schools found in contempt of court for failing to turn over school board emails

LIBERTY, Mo. - Attorneys for Liberty Public Schools will be back in court Wednesday morning to face a contempt order for failing to provide public records.

In February, a Clay County judge ordered the school district to produce the hard drives and emails from current and former school board members who were allegedly conducting school board business over personal email accounts between 2009 and the present.

The district was found in contempt April 8 for not providing the information.

RELATED | Read the contempt motion against Liberty Public Schools

The plaintiff in the case is Philip Wright, a former superintendent who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school district. He left the district in 2008.

In the lawsuit, Wright alleges the board of education asked him to falsify documents concerning his predecessor Scott Taveau -- and that the district forced him to resign when he refused.

Taveau was accused of collecting retirement benefits while working full time. He pleaded guilty to one count of deceptive business practices in 2010 and was ordered to pay the school district $7,500 in restitution.

Liberty Public Schools released the following statement about the case:

We are aware of the public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The district's insurance company has legal counsel that is addressing this litigation. Our focus will remain on our students and their learning as these legal matters stemming from 2008 are handled by the courts."

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