BLACKFOOT, Idaho -- An eastern Idaho school district has rejected a request by a former teacher and newspaper to turn over an employment agreement signed earlier this year with the district's former superintendent.

The Post-Register and former teacher Joyce Bingham asked Blackfoot School District 55 to release the agreement and documents related to a $105,000 payout to an unnamed source the day after Scott Crane retired.

School officials have refused to release the documents, citing personnel protection laws.

On Tuesday, the Post Register reported the district again refused to produce the documents at Crane's request.

The newspaper and Bingham are also suing the district in state court to get access to the documents. The lawsuit also claims the district violated open meetings laws in reaching agreement with Crane during a closed-door session.

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