It’s officially official: the Shakopee school district’s infamous NeuVest report is public data and will be released in its entirety.
The report was originally commissioned from a third-party organization by the Shakopee School Board in 2017, before former superintendent Rod Thompson resigned or was charged and convicted for embezzling several thousand dollars from the district. The purpose of the report, according to the board at the time, was to investigate the district’s operational health, though former school board chair Scott Swanson admitted to police in June 2017 that the purpose behind the report was always to investigate Thompson.
The report was released two years ago, during the summer of 2017, but the vast majority of it was redacted. School district officials cited data privacy laws as the reason behind the redactions.
The Shakopee Police Department was poised to release the report in its entirety earlier this summer after data requests from me and the Shakopee Valley News, but the school district learned of the impending release and its lawyers argued releasing the unredacted version could reveal private data. As a result, the report was sent to the Minnesota Department of Administration for review.
According to the police department today, the MDA ruled the report is public data. Thus, it can be released publicly beginning today.
I have not yet received my copy, but I will update as I receive more information.