Notice of claim

Findings of Fact

This was the first official suit against ISD 834 related to B.O.L.D., and was filed by independent community member Melissa Douglas via attorney Erick G. Kaardal on March 1, 2016. This suit is a "Verified Petition for a Peremptory Writ of Mandamus" and in basic terms, claims that the district broke a social contract with the voters. Asking voters to approve a bond for the betterment of all schools, then closing some of those schools, is a material change in the original intent of the bond. The remedy is either to follow through on the bond commitments or hold a new election. Members of the community are encouraged to complete an Affadvit of support.

834 VOICE vs. ISD 834 - APPEAL

Melissa Douglas vs. ISD834


This was the second suit filed on March 21, 2016. This suit is a petition to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.This appellate suit claims the decision to close three schools should be reversed because the district failed in their responsibility to show that closing these schools was necessary and practical.

March 3, 2016, 834 VOICE leaders presented a comprehensive Findings of Fact document at the ISD 834 Public Hearing for the closure of Withrow, marine, and Oak Park Elementary Schools. Despite the review of key findings and over 90% of public speakers spoke out against the proposal, the ISD 834 board passed the resolution 5-2.

On April 13, 2016 834 VOICE filed an additional suit in Washington County District Court, for significant incidences of wrong doing.

The suit focuses on egregious board member and administrator malfeasance, especially:

  • deceptive campaign practice
  • violation of open meeting laws
  • violation of MN Data Practices Act
  • dereliction of duty 
  • ethical violations
  • conflicts of interest​

The goal is to not only reverse the closure decision, but to accelerate the removal of board members and administrators that have betrayed our community.

834 VOICE vs. ISD 834 - SUIT

The 834 VOICE Legal committee is focused on enforcing the integrity of Stillwater Area Public Schools (ISD 834). If you have information to you would like to share with the 834 VOICE Legal committee, please see our Contact Us page for more information.

834 VOICE Pending Litigation


834 VOICE LEGAL Background

Stillwater District 834 VOters Invested in our Children's Education

April 14, 2016 ISD 834 School Board approved (4-2) an amended Resolution of Stay requested by 834 VOICE that requested that the district place any implementation of BOLD on hold until the legal challenges facing the district are resolved.

February 9, 2016, 834 VOICE announced that it had retained legal counsel and formally notified the Stillwater School District of its intention to bring a lawsuit against the School District.