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Judge Restrains Millard County School District from Demo

Published on May 21, 2013 at 11:25AM

Two high school gymnasiums have been spared from demolition, at least until a judge decides whether Millard County school officials broke open-meeting law. Fourth District Judge James Brady continued an emergency restraining order Monday barring the Millard County School District from demolishing the gyms at Delta and Millard high schools. He also gave the district and Millard County Taxpayers for Responsible Government time to provide evidence before he rules on issuing a temporary restraining order. The taxpayer group, led by Steve Maxfield, argues that the district violated the Open and Public Meetings Act when it decided to raze the gyms and replace them with new buildings. Maxfield says the district never provided public notice that it would demolish the buildings. They maintain that plan was discussed in closed sessions, under the classification of “property issues.” But Millard Superintendent David Styler testified Monday that the district conducted public meetings, placed articles in a local newspaper and on the district website explaining that the district’s plan was to replace the old gyms, which he said meant demolishing the old ones.