Operation: Open Records 2010 continues with some amusing results.
I received a letter this morning from a nice group of attorneys representing Grant County Public Schools. I requested the criteria used to evaluate their superintendent and a copy of the most recent superintendent evaluation. Here’s the letter I received in response…
Now, really? Come on.
- Sure, I addressed it to “To Whom It May Concern” because quite frankly I had no idea at the time who the custodian of the records was. What else was I supposed to say?
- I’ve already received over 30 responses from other districts who were sent the same request worded the exact same way. No one else had trouble forwarding this letter to the infamous “To Whom It May Concern”. Why did Grant County Schools have so much trouble with that?
- The most infuriating thing is that the letter was sent to the Grant County School’s address, not the law offices of O’Hara, Ruberg, Taylor, Sloan and Sergent. This means that the letter was received by someone at Grant County Schools, forwarded over to the law firm (which I’m sure is not cheap) for the law firm to tell me that the person I need to talk to is actually located at the address I sent the first letter to! Wow. This is why our education system bleeds money: rather than comply with a simple Freedom of Information request, Grant County Schools chose to involve their legal representation.
Is this transparency in public education and is this the best way to spend taxpayer money?