Other (indicate in message) Submitted: January 24, 2019 | Updated: February 1, 2019

Asheville City Schools certification

I would like to do a public records request. If there is a form or if this goes to someone else, please let me know, and I will do the request per your established protocol. If possible, I would like the information emailed to me.

1. I would like to request the name and certification area for the physical education teacher hired for the current Asheville Primary position posting. I would like the certification area at time of hire and the date of hire.

2. I would like the certification areas of the leaving physical education teacher at time of hire for the same school... and the date of hire. It was posted in April 2017. I appreciate your time and response.

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

01/24/19 Editor’s Note to Sender: 

Sunshine Request is an anonymous tool – We do not ask our users to include identifying information in order for us to send in their request. We serve as a proxy between citizens and government, by submitting the requests on the sender’s behalf, and publishing all the steps and results of the request publicly on our site.

If the sender of this request would also prefer to have the request emailed to them from Asheville City Schools, we’d encourage you to reach out to them directly and ask for their assistance with the request.

The request we will be sending to Asheville City Schools is as follows:

Subject: Asheville City School certification

Message:

” 1. I would like to request the name and certification area for the physical education teacher hired for the current Asheville Primary position posting. I would like the certification area at time of hire and the date of hire.

2. I would like the certification areas of the leaving physical education teacher at time of hire for the same school… and the date of hire. It was posted in April 2017. I appreciate your time and response.”

You may keep track of the status of this request at any time, by visiting our website.

Thank You,

Sunshine Request

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • February 1, 2019 12:04 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terrence McAllister <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 1, 2019, 12:04 PM
    subject: Re: Sunshine Response on behalf of Dr. Patterson-Superintendent of Asheville City School

     

    Terrence,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request! We appreciate it.

     

    Have a great weekend,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • February 1, 2019 8:20 am

    4 months ago

    from: Terrence McAllister <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Denise Patterson <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 1, 2019, 8:20 AM
    subject: Re: Sunshine Response on behalf of Dr. Patterson-Superintendent of Asheville City School

     

    Good Morning:

     

    I hope all is well. This is a follow-up request in regards to our most recently hired physical education teacher and his/her predecessor at Asheville Primary School.

     

    “G.S. 115C-319 states that personnel file information is confidential. G.S. 115C-320 is the list of what is public information regarding a public school employee. Certification information is available from the State but is not part of the information that is public information directly from the school district pursuant to G.S. 115C-320. Likewise, G.S. 115C-320 does not make “date of offer” public information. Therefore, we have fully complied with the request.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • January 31, 2019 12:26 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terrence McAllister <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 31, 2019, 12:26 PM
    subject: Re: Sunshine Response on behalf of Dr. Patterson-Superintendent of Asheville City School

     

    Hi Terrence,

     

    Thank you for your reply, and for your assistance with the request!

     

    We received a new request on our site today for information asking that you please clarify your recent response. Specifically, as relates to the statute you referenced.

     

    Here are the details we received:

     

    Subject: Asheville City Schools certification.

     

    Message: “Dear Asheville City Schools,

     

    Thank you for the recent public records request. Can you please provide the statute where NC law states that certification and licensure areas of public school employees are not subject to public records request?

     

    I see the statute you provided, but I didn’t see where certification isn’t a public record. The NCPDI (department of education) has a website that allows the general public to type in the name of an educator and it gives all the certification information and dates. So, it must be public record.

     

    Also, can you please provide the requested hire dates (date employee was offered position) from the previous request instead of the start date and employment range?

     

    Thank You”

     

    Thank you for your help with requests!
    Have a good day,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • January 31, 2019 10:22 am

    4 months ago

    Editor’s note: Today we received a new request for Clarifying information related to this request (above) – Specifically, info. related to the statute referenced in Terrance’s recent reply.

     

    For organization, we’ve marked that new request as “Completed”on our site, but have merged this with the open request for AVL schools certification. Your message will be sent as a follow up message to Terrance McAllister on this request, and read as follows.

     

    Subject: Asheville City Schools certification.

     

    Message: “Dear Asheville City Schools,

     

    Thank you for the recent public records request. Can you please provide the statute where NC law states that certification and licensure areas of public school employees are not subject to public records request?

     

    I see the statute you provided, but I didn’t see where certification isn’t a public record. The NCPDI (department of education) has a website that allows the general public to type in the name of an educator and it gives all the certification information and dates. So, it must be public record.

     

    Also, can you please provide the requested hire dates (date employee was offered position) from the previous request instead of the start date and employment range?

     

    Thank You”


    Status: In Review
  • January 29, 2019 4:12 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Terrence McAllister <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Denise Patterson <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 29, 2019, 4:12 PM
    subject: Sunshine Response on behalf of Dr. Patterson-Superintendent of Asheville City School

     

    Dear Sunshine Request,

     

    Asheville City Schools has received your public records request. In accordance with North Carolina General Statutes § 115C-320 and based on the information you have requested, below please find the following information about our most recently hired physical education teacher and his/her predecessor at Asheville Primary School:

     

    1. Name: Kenneth Walker
    2. Dates of employment: January 28, 2019
    3. Title: Physical Education Teacher
    4. Predecessor: Jenna Makharita
    5. Dates of Employment: August 20, 2018- January 18, 2019
    6. Office(s) to which the employees are presently assigned: Asheville Primary School

     

    We will not provide any records of these individuals’ certification areas or licensure information. Under state law, an employee’s licensure or certification information is not public record and is not available for public inspection and review. Consequently, please be advised that Asheville City Schools will not be able to provide certification or licensure information for any future public records requests that involve personnel or hiring decisions that you may submit.

     

    We will continue to review and fully respond to public records requests to the extent permitted by North Carolina General Statutes § 115C-320.

     

    Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or if I can be of any further assistance.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Terrence McAllister, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services

    Editor’s note: The referenced statute is
    https://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_115C/GS_115C-320.html


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • January 28, 2019 4:46 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Denise Patterson <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 28, 2019, 4:46 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: Asheville City Schools certification

     

    Denise,

     

    Thank you so much! We appreciate your help.

     

    Have a good evening,
    Sunshine Request


    Status:
  • January 28, 2019 9:16 am

    4 months ago

    from: Denise Patterson <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Denise Patterson <[email protected]>,
    Kimberly Jones <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 28, 2019, 9:16 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: Asheville City Schools certification

     

    Good Morning,
    I have received your amended request. I am working on this information and will share with you soon. Have a great week.

     

    Educationally yours,
    Dr. Denise Q. Patterson
    Superintendent
    Twitter: @DrP_ACS
    Instagram: drp_acs


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • January 24, 2019 1:51 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Denise Patterson <[email protected]>
    cc: Kimberly Jones <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 24, 2019, 1:51 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: Asheville City Schools certification

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Schools,

     

    We’d like to amend what was sent and the request should only say:

     

    Subject: “Asheville City School certification”

     

    Message:
    ” 1. I would like to request the name and certification area for the physical education teacher hired for the current Asheville Primary position posting. I would like the certification area at time of hire and the date of hire.

     

    2. I would like the certification areas of the leaving physical education teacher at time of hire for the same school… and the date of hire. It was posted in April 2017. I appreciate your time and response.”

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • January 24, 2019 1:21 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Denise Patterson <[email protected]>
    cc: Kimberly Jones <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 24, 2019, 1:21 PM
    subject: Records Request: Asheville City Schools certification

     

    Hello Asheville City Schools,

     

    We received a request for information that may be available in your office. If there’s another party that we should be contacting about this request then please let us know.

     

    Here are the details sent by the requester:

     

    Subject: Asheville City Schools certification

     

    Message:

     

    “I would like to do a public records request. If there is a form or if this goes to someone else, please let me know, and I will do the request per your established protocol. If possible, I would like the information emailed to me.

     

    1. I would like to request the name and certification area for the physical education teacher hired for the current Asheville Primary position posting. I would like the certification area at time of hire and the date of hire.

     

    2. I would like the certification areas of the leaving physical education teacher at time of hire for the same school… and the date of hire. It was posted in April 2017. I appreciate your time and response.”

     

    Thank you very much for your assistance.
    Have a great afternoon!

     

    Sunshine Request

     

    **Editor’s Note: We acknowledge the ACS record process, as provided by Dr. Patterson on a previous Sunshine Request in March 2018.

     

    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.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • January 24, 2019 5:06 pm

    4 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending