EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Lane County District Attorney's Office says it will not order the Eugene School District to disclose an investigative report on the job performance of a recent high school principal.

The Register-Guard had requested the report under Oregon public records laws. The district declined late last year, arguing the report was exempt from disclosure because it was in Kim Finch's personnel file. The newspaper appealed to the district attorney's office.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow wrote in her ruling that under state law the public interest would require disclosure, but the district's blanket restriction on releasing personnel files overrides that.

Finch was principal at Churchill High School until late last year when she was reassigned to a new administrative post created by the district.

The school district declined to comment on the ruling.

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