Federal judge rejects lawsuit vs Ohio school board

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XENIA, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a western Ohio school board by a censured member.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/18K9Xqk ) reports that U.S. District Judge Timothy Black ruled that Dr. Robert Dillaplain failed to state an actionable First Amendment claim. He also rejected other claims including alleged violations of open meetings laws by the Xenia (ZEEN'-yuh) school board.

The lawsuit followed a board resolution this year that the longtime board member had engaged in demeaning, threatening, abusive and other inappropriate conduct. Dillaplain allegedly berated other board members, school officials and administrative employees.

Board president Steven Alex says he hopes the board can focus taxpayer funds on education, not litigation.

But Dillaplain says he will appeal the ruling and file a new lawsuit on the open meetings issue.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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