Abby and Sophie Sojka

Abby Sojka and her daughter Sophie. “I know this district is financially strapped, and it has never been my goal or my intent to see this district close or ruin this district,” Sojka said.

A complaint against the Highland Community School District has been dismissed.

Abby Sojka, a district resident, alleged the school violated state law by quoting excessive fees for providing public records.

“There is no evidence to indicate that the fee associated with the review (of documents) by the business manager is not based upon the estimated amount of review time multiplied by the hourly base of the manager’s salary,” reads the decision from the Iowa Public Information Board.

Sojka filed a formal complaint with the board on June 24. She requested the district provide her credit card and bank statements from August 2015 and May 2018. Other documents requested included a comprehensive list of all district assets, internal audit reports and contracts and documentation of the process for monitoring grants.

The board met Sept. 19 in Des Moines and affirmed the complaint dismissal.

“The costs outlined in the (district) estimate are not out of the ordinary,” the decision reads. “Ms. Sojka requested a large number of records.”

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