Academy D-20 files motion to appeal order in lawsuit challenging superintendent search last year

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Academy School District 20 has filed a motion to appeal a judge’s order in an ongoing lawsuit challenging its search last year for a new superintendent, district spokeswoman Allison Cortez said Wednesday.

El Paso County District Court Judge Thomas Kane ruled last month that D-20 parent and former teacher Melanie Knapp was entitled to receive the names and applications of superintendent candidates, which the district kept confidential except for the “sole finalist” for the job.

Knapp, who has questioned other procedures in Academy D-20, including fighting for board meeting agendas to have supplementary materials made public and board meetings to be videotaped instead of just audio recorded, said in an email she was pleased with the judge’s decision.

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