City of Asheville January 27, 2018 (8 months ago)

Asheville City Schools Central Office Personnel

Hi!

I would like to know 3 things, which might mean 3 different requests.....although they are related. I would like a list of all personnel at the city school central office with their job titles, their education credentials, and their salaries. I think it is important to know how much we spend on central office operations in our district. Thank you so much!

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • March 8, 2018 9:08 pm

    7 months ago

    Dr. Patterson,

     

    Thank you very much.

     

    I will relay the information to any parties submitting requests related to ACS in the future.

     

    Patrick has access to this email as well, and would like to follow up with his own response next week.

     

    We greatly appreciate your time, and your assistance with the requests.

     

    Have a great evening!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • March 8, 2018 12:12 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>, Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    date: Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 12:12 PM
    subject: Fwd: PDF (Central Office Salary Information)- Confidental

     

    Sunshine Request and Mr. Conant,

     

    Thank you for your patience. We have consulted with legal counsel further on your questions. As we move forward with requests, we want to be consistent:

     

    1. Even though the public records law and personnel information law do not specifically require ACS to email public records, we will email public information upon request. If an issue arises regarding a specific response, we are more than willing to discuss that with you.
    2. As you know, the public records law does not require any public entity to create documents or answer questions. Please make sure that everyone using your service is aware of this. Please know that Asheville City Schools does its best to respond to questions and concerns from parents and members of the public. We prefer to speak with individuals and establish positive relationships. This will allow everyone to have a dialogue and understand important aspects of any concerns or issues. We encourage that individuals contact us directly with questions.
    3. North Carolina law allows specific information regarding employees to be made public. With regards to your request sent on Saturday, January 27, 2018 the following information is public: a) Name of employee, b) current salary and c) the employee’s current work assignment. That information was compiled previously and made available at the central office. It is now attached to this email in .pdf format.

     

    Thank you for your interest in the Asheville City Schools, and please let me know if you have additional questions.

     

    Educationally yours,

     

    Dr. Denise Q. Patterson
    Superintendent
    Twitter: @DrP_ACS

    Asheville City Schools
    85 Mountain Street
    Asheville, NC 28801

    Office: 828.350.6145
    Fax: 828.232.4185

    **Editor’s Note: Please see attached document at top left in “documents”.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • March 1, 2018 11:26 am

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    cc: Kimberly Jones <kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net>
    date: Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 11:26 AM
    subject: Re: Records request: ACS Board of Education Meetings

     

    Good Afternoon Dr. Patterson,

     

    I’d like to follow up on Patrick Conant’s email from last week Re: ACS public records format and policy.

     

    Please let me know whether you have any additional questions, and how you’d like to proceed for us to gather the requested information for the requests found at https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/asheville-city-school-board-education-meetings/
    and
    https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/asheville-city-schools-central-office-personnel/.

     

    Thank you for your help and assistance.
    Have a great afternoon!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • February 22, 2018 4:12 pm

    7 months ago

    ** Editor’s Note:

    We recently received another request for info related to ACS – “Asheville City School Board of Education Meetings”. Like the request for Central Office Salaries, we also received a similar response about the format for receiving those Meeting Minutes, and public records in general, via Central Office.

     

    For reference, we’ve added (below) the clarification we’ve asked for related to that request and ACS public records policies.

    from: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>, Kimberly Jones <kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net>
    date: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 8:32 AM
    subject: Re: Records request: ACS Board of Education Meetings

     

    Good Evening,

     

    The information will be available in hard copy and can be made available in .pdf format if you would prefer. However, the school district does not email documents in response to requests because the law allows citizens to come to our office to inspect and request copies. Please let me know when you will pick up the information so that I can have it ready.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Educationally yours,

     

    Dr. Denise Q. Patterson
    Superintendent
    Twitter: @DrP_ACS

     

    Asheville City Schools
    85 Mountain Street
    Asheville, NC 28801

     

    Office: 828.350.6145
    Fax: 828.232.4185

    from: Patrick Conant <patrick@prcapps.com>
    to: denise.patterson@acsgmail.net
    cc: kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net, records@sunshinerequest.com
    date: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 11:15 AM
    subject: Re: [#100469] Re: Records request: ACS Board of Education Meetings

     

    Dr. Patterson,

     

    My name is Patrick Conant, and I lead the team that runs Sunshine Request. I was forwarded your email regarding the request for meeting minutes of the ACS board, and I wanted to follow up, specifically on your request that we pick up the documents in person.

     

    You have stated the documents are available in PDF format, and, as these are meeting minutes, they are typically posted to the ACS website. We have previously received documents from the school district electronically – specifically the email records related to Bree Newsome.

     

    Can you please clarify why you are not able to simply email the documents to Sunshine Request? I understand the law allows you to make the records available for inspection, but that does not prohibit you from sending them electronically as well.

     

    If this is an official policy of the school district, I would request a copy of that policy to help us to facilitate future public records requests.

     

    Furthermore, I want to highlight that requiring individuals to pick up public records in person, especially when electronic copies are available, creates unnecessary barriers to transparency in our school district. While I have access to transportation, many members of our community do not, and I would encourage the school district to develop a policy and process to distribute public records requests electronically.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Patrick Conant
    Sunshine Request

    from: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>, Kimberly Jones <kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net>
    date: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 12:30 PM
    subject: Re: Records request: ACS Board of Education Meetings

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    I have read the message. It appears that there is a request for the location of information. Is this correct?

     

    The ACS 2018-2019 calendar has been posted. It was approved on Feb. 5, 2018. You can find the calendar on the website (ashevillecityschools.net). Click on About ACS and click on Calendars.

     

    Regular Board Meeting Minutes for October, November, and December 2017 were approved on February 5, 2018. They have been posted on the website. Click on ACS Board and then click on Meeting Minutes.

     

    Please let me know if you have further questions.

     

    Educationally yours,

     

    Dr. Denise Q. Patterson
    Superintendent
    Twitter: @DrP_ACS

     

    Asheville City Schools
    85 Mountain Street
    Asheville, NC 28801

     

    Office: 828.350.6145
    Fax: 828.232.4185

    from: Patrick Conant <patrick@prcapps.com>
    to: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    cc: Kimberly Jones <kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net>
    date: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 4:12 PM
    subject: Re: Records request: ACS Board of Education Meetings

     

    Good Afternoon Dr. Patterson,

     

    Thank you for the quick reply to my message, and thank you to you and your team for posting the meeting minutes on the website.

     

    At the time this request was first received, those minutes were not posted – the requestor seemed to be interested in seeing the minutes for October to February, as well as requesting that future minutes are posted to the website in a timely manner. We can consider this request fulfilled from the provided information – thank you!

     

    However, I would like to follow up on my question from my previous email, in the broader context of how ACS fulfills public records requests and specifically around the format of the Central Office Personnel Salary Request. For reference, you may view that request at https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/asheville-city-schools-central-office-personnel/.

     

    I understand that the salary information we requested is available, and can be picked up at the central office.

     

    I would greatly appreciate if that information could be provided to us in an electronic format, via email. I am not clear if the district has a policy that prohibits fulfilling records requests via email. If this is an official policy of the school district, I would request a copy of that policy to help us to facilitate future public records requests.

     

    If that is not an official policy, would it be possible for your department to fulfill the salary request via email?

     

    Thank you for your time,
    Patrick Conant


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • February 22, 2018 2:55 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>, Joyce Graves <joyce.graves@acsgmail.net>, Kimberly Jones <kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net>
    date: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 2:55 PM
    subject: Salaries – Asheville City Schools

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    The salary information is available. Please let me know the date/time you will pick it up at the Asheville City Schools office.

     

    Educationally yours,

     

    Dr. Denise Q. Patterson
    Superintendent
    Twitter: @DrP_ACS

     

    Asheville City Schools
    85 Mountain Street
    Asheville, NC 28801

     

    Office: 828.350.6145
    Fax: 828.232.4185


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 20, 2018 1:35 pm

    7 months ago

    Good Afternoon Dr. Patterson,

     

    Thank you for your assistance with the request!

     

    Just to confirm – Are you’re saying that this information will be available in hard copy, and not digital format? Since our requests are submitted anonymously, I do not have access to the requestor’s contact information to notify them that they would need to pick up the info at Central Office.

     

    If it’s possible, I’d like to ask that the request documents be received in a way that is machine readable (such as PDF, Excel, Word / Google doc. etc.), as the results of the requests are also posted to our website. However, if this is not possible, I understand and can make arrangements for someone to pick up the documents.

     

    Thank you for your time.
    Have a great afternoon!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • February 19, 2018 1:00 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>
    to: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    cc: Joyce Graves <joyce.graves@acsgmail.net>, Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@acsgmail.net>, Kimberly Jones <kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net>
    date: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM
    subject: Request for Salaries at Central Office

     

    Good Afternoon,
    We are preparing the information. The following will be available for you to pick up in the Central Office. We will notify you when it is complete.

     

    Name
    Current Salary​
    Current Assignment

     

    Educationally yours,

     

    Dr. Denise Q. Patterson
    Superintendent


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 6, 2018 2:29 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Kimberly Jones <kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net>
    date: Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 2:29 PM
    subject: Out of Office Re: Records Request: Asheville City Schools Central Office Personnel

     

    Thank you for your email. I will be out of the office from Thursday
    February 01, 2018 to February 6, 2018 and will have no access to
    email. I will do my best to respond promptly to your email when I
    return on February 07, 2018.

     

    If you are needing immediate assistance you can call 828- 350-7000 and
    speak with a Central Office Receptionist.

     

    Thanks,
    Kimberly Jones

     


    *Kimberly Jones*
    *Asheville City Schools*
    *Administrative Assistant*
    *Superintendent Office *
    *(828) 350-6145 *


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 6, 2018 2:29 pm

    8 months ago

    Hi All,

     

    Happy Tuesday!

     

    Just want to check in about the status of the request.

     

    Please let me know whether there is any update or if any additional clarification is needed.

     

    Thank you for your help.
    Have a great afternoon!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 27, 2018 6:32 pm

    8 months ago

    Good Evening,

     

    My apologies – There is one additional piece of information to consider with the request:

     

    The sender has filled out a field in the submission form on our website which indicates that they would like for this request to include the specific time range of July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 if possible.

     

    Thank you for your time.
    Have a good evening!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • January 27, 2018 6:21 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: Denise Patterson <denise.patterson@ashevillecityschools.net>
    cc: kimberly.jones@ashevillecityschools.net, Matt Whiteside <matt.whiteside@acsgmail.net>
    date: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 6:21 PM

     

    Good Evening Dr. Patterson,

     

    You may recall that I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com here in Asheville.

     

    We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government and community, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    We just received another new request for information that may be available in your office!

     

    Here is the info. sent by the requestor:

     

    Subject: “Asheville City Schools Central Office Personnel”

     

    Message: “Hi!

     

    I would like to know 3 things, which might mean 3 different requests…..although they are related. I would like a list of all personnel at the city school central office with their job titles, their education credentials, and their salaries. I think it is important to know how much we spend on central office operations in our district. Thank you so much!”

     

    ** Editor’s Note:

     

    We will consider this to be one request that includes 4 criteria: Name, Position, education credentials, and current salary.

     

    Thank you very much for your assistance.

     

    Have a great evening!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government