Owensboro ‘Messenger-Inquirer’ Wins Court Battle Over Records

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By: The Associated Press

(AP) A judge has ruled that the Kentucky Community and Technical College System must turn over documents related to the removal of a college president to a newspaper.

Woodford Circuit Judge Paul F. Isaacs ruled in favor of The Messenger-Inquirer newspaper of Owensboro, which had sought performance evaluations from Owensboro Community and Technical College.

The court found that KCTCS violated the Open Records Act. Among the records the newspaper was seeking was the 2007-08 evaluation of Paula Gastenveld, the former president at the Owensboro school. 

KCTCS President Mike McCall transferred Gastenveld to the central office in Versailles last year. Gastenveld has filed a lawsuit against 10 people, including McCall.

KCTCS claimed the records should be exempt from disclosure, citing privacy concerns.

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