Statement from School District Five Board Chairwoman Jan Hammond Regarding FOIA Lawsuit

As outgoing school board chair, I am pleased to learn that the South Carolina Circuit Court has dismissed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the editor of The State newspaper Paul Osmundson. From the beginning, this lawsuit was improperly brought and a waste of taxpayer resources. The School District strives to comply with all state and federal laws. Transparency in its operations is important for the good of the community.

Any suggestions to improve the operation of the schools are welcome from the community, Mr. Osmundson or The State newspaper. Members of the community are entitled to know how the school district operates. Their participation and questions are welcome.

Hopefully, further lawsuits of the sort brought by Mr. Osmundson can be avoided in the future so as to not waste taxpayer resources that can be invested in the education of our children. Mr. Osmundson and the State Newspaper are encouraged to cooperate with the schools and educate the children of the Midlands, rather than expend taxpayer resources on improperly brought lawsuits. There is always room for more people committed to the education of our children.