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Yukon Public Schools ordered to pay $18K to couple

Yukon Public Schools will have to pay $18,203 in lawyers' fees after officials refused to provide a local couple with copies of an investigative report that focused on the district's FFA program.
by Andrew Knittle Published: October 26, 2012

Not about money

Randy Wright said he and his wife simply wanted to see the document. They are one of the parents who expressed concerns about the way the FFA program was functioning.

“This was never about the money,” Randy Wright said. “We just want things done right. We don't see any reason why they wanted to keep those documents from us in the first place.”

A Canadian County judge awarded the Wrights $18,203 in legal fees and other costs earlier in the week. The couple, who didn't seek any damages, says they offered to settle with the school district for $15,000 but their offer was rejected.

Attempts to reach Yukon Public School officials to comment on this story were not successful. Emails and messages left Friday on Denton's personal cellphone were not returned.

In the past, Denton said Yukon school officials refused to release the report on the advice of an attorney. When the report was finally released — roughly six months after the Wrights requested it — Denton described it as “a relief.”

“It's a relief, I know, for our board, and myself, to be able to release this,” Denton said at the time. “I wish more people could understand why we weren't able to do that and go against the advice of our legal counsel.”

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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