BREMERTON, Wash. -

The North Kitsap School District has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a lawsuit over allegations that it mishandled a public records request last year.
   
The Kitsap Sun reports the money will go to former teacher Eric Hood, who accused the district of illegally withholding documents related to an audit of the Alternative Learning Experience program. The audit says the district miscalculated its allocation for the program during the 2011-12 school year.
   
Hood claimed the district delayed its response in handing over the files.
   
Superintendent Patty Page says the delay was caused by "misinterpretation of the request and issues with computer technology."
   
By settling, the district doesn't acknowledge violating public records laws.