Armstrong Sues Fellow School Board Members, District Treasurer

After leaving an executive session a few weeks ago, School Board Member Rod Armstrong filed a complaint in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Stow-Munroe Falls School Board Member Rod Armstrong filed a complaint Monday claiming there was an "improper convening of executive sessions [Aug. 13, 2012], failure to record minutes of public meetings, violation of free speech and defamation."

 before it was over because he said it was an "illegal meeting."

"On Monday night SMFCSD Board went in to an executive meeting of which I had no prior knowledge," Armstrong previously wrote in a statement, reported by the Stow Sentry. "I soon realized that this was an illegal meeting which should have been under the guideline of [Ohio Revised Code] 121.22 (g) (1). At that time I left the meeting."

a YouTube video of the Aug. 13 meeting.

The complaint was filed by Armstrong's attorney, Warner Mendenhall — who was not immediately available for comment — in Summit County Court of Common Pleas Aug. 28.

The suit was filed against Treasurer/CFO Catherine Bulgrin and all of Armstrong's fellow elected board members. 

The district's attorney, Adam Miller, was not immediately available for comment. 

In the complaint, Armstrong is asking the board to “provide and maintain accurate minutes of all meetings and to provide adequate reasons for executive sessions in conformity with Ohio law.” He also asks for $500 for each executive session that could be deemed inaccurate without the proper records of minutes.

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Susan August 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM
@ Bob Dianetti - Exactly.
Bob Dianetti August 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
My guess is that Mendenhall is handling this on a contingency basis. Its the way most lawyers seem to work for plaintiffs.
Bob Dianetti August 29, 2012 at 03:26 PM
If laws were broken, wouldn't that be a criminal case with a prosecuter involved? Armstrongs "case" is a civil action. "Justice" in these cases usually means $. Just look at the lawyer advertisements in the yellow pages.
John Henry September 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Why does the treasurer have so much power. Could it be her cousin sits on the board. She's hiding things. Just look at her staff. Being asked to work with the doors locked during business hours so board members may not have access to their files. The treasurer must go.
stow supporter September 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
@John. She is hiding things? That's a joke. How many audits does she have to pass? I would say that her records should be locked up. The board members should have to go through the Treasure for records. They cannot just come in and grab whatever they want.


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