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MDUSD board to discuss Public Records Act request

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 3:38 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Today, the MDUSD board will discuss the district’s response to a PRA by Contra Costa Times columnist Dan Borenstein. I am also sending a copy of Greg Rolen’s response to my recent PRA to the board, along with a copy of my response to Rolen.

Here’s Rolen’s response to my PRA, which I received via snail mail today:
 

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceXzNZYW5WU3JBazQ/edit?usp=sharing

Here’s my emailed response to him:

“Dear Greg,

I received the attached response to my Feb. 28 Public Records Act request today. I did not specify a time period for the writings related to the Oct. 3 FCMAT agreement because I want ALL writings related to that agreement. I did specify a time period for my requests related to the district’s CVCHS cost analysis because I do not need to see the documents related to the various cost projections that were exchanged before the charter was approved by the county.

Thank you,

Theresa Harrington
Education Reporter
Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group”

Here’s my email to the board:

“Dear Trustees, Since I know you will be discussing the district’s response to a PRA from Dan Borenstein, I am also forwarding you a response I received to my Feb. 28 PRA from General Counsel Greg Rolen, via US mail today, along with my emailed response to him.

I would like to point out that I sent similar PRAs to FCMAT and the Contra Costa County Office of Education. Both of those agencies have already complied with my requests, providing documents to me electronically at no charge. Also, representatives from both of those agencies followed up with phone calls and emails immediately after receiving my requests, to let me know they were working on them.

This is in stark contrast to the general practice of your general counsel. Although my requests always asks for emailed responses, he consistently responds via US mail. He easily could have called or emailed to question the scope of my request, thus preventing needless delays.

It is my hope that district staff will be encouraged to use more expedient means of communication in the future.

Thank you,

Theresa Harrington
Education Reporter
Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group”

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