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NEWS............................ 16 Scandal costs city transportation director his job.

Scottstoberfest celebrates German heritage / P. 28

Sunday, September 29, 2019

School board’s decision cost taxpayers $112K BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Progress Managing Editor

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recently-released internal letter shows the Scottsdale Unified School District could have settled a public records lawsuit two years ago for under $7,000 – a fraction of the $119,000 a judge awarded in the case earlier this month. John and Mary McCarthy brought a lawsuit against the district in September 2017 to force the district to turn over public records related to the alleged mistreatment and abuse of their son while he was a student at

Desert Mountain High School. The family and district agreed to a settlement in April 2019 in which the district agreed to provide the records and cover the family’s legal costs. A judge awarded the family $119,353 on Aug. 30 to cover those costs. The district, not its insurance provider, is responsible for paying the $119,000, SUSD district spokeswoman Amy Bolton said. “The settlement will be paid by the district,” Bolton said. The financial cost to the district could have been much less had it settled with the McCarthys two years ago, according to a letter writ-

ten by board member Jann-Michael Greenburg to Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard in April 2019. On Nov. 21, 2017, the family offered to settle if the district provided an index of all records that were the subject of the suit and pay the family $6,602 to cover its legal costs up to that point, Greenburg’s letter states. “It took much longer and more money than it ever should have,” Mary McCarthy told the Progress before the details of the first settlement offer became public.

see MCCARTHY page 12

Putting aside differences to preserve the Preserve NEIGHBORS .......... 18 Mexican families document landmark's origins.

ARTS ............................. 26 Scottsdale man's prized collection goes on display

NEIGHBORS .........................18 BUSINESS ............................. 23

OPINION ..............................24

ARTS .....................................26 FOOD & DRINK...................28 CLASSIFIEDS ........................31

BY MIKE PHILLIPS Progress Contributor

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isitors have been awed and inspired by Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve since its creation 25 years ago. Nearly all those experiences share a common thread – they were shaped by a network of trails serving one of the nation’s largest urban wildernesses. If the preserve is the wild heart of Scottsdale, the trails are the arteries that feed its soul. The preserve’s 225 miles of trails provide entry into otherwise inaccessible areas; they shape our understanding of the desert and serve as the portal to adventure and memories. It’s no wonder, then, that the creation of trails in the preserve is serious business – at times contentious, emotional and fraught with legal and environmental challenges.

see PRESERVE page 6

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