How much did local newspaper’s FOI lawsuit cost our schools to defend?

Editor’s note: I sent a Freedom of Information request to the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools to find out what The Union’s recent FOI lawsuit against the Nevada Joint Union High School District cost our schools. It lost the suit, as previously reported. In an era of enormously tight school budgets, I’d be curious to know.

July 11, 2012

Holly Hermansen
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
112 Nevada City Highway
Nevada City, CA 95959

Dear Ms. Hermansen:

Under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that relate to all legal fees incurred by the Nevada Joint Union High School District to defend a complaint filed against the school district board of trustees by The Union newspaper, seeking information pursuant to the California Public Records Act in the termination of Superintendent Marianne Cartan’s contract. (The details of the case are here:http://www.theunion.com/news/7266115-113/public-cartan-district-union).

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $20.

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,

Jeff Pelline

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

2 thoughts on “How much did local newspaper’s FOI lawsuit cost our schools to defend?”

  1. Would you run for school board to get caught up in an FOI lawsuit like this? Our western county can be priceless. We better watch out or Truckee will secede and join Tahoe and the rest of Placer County (taking all their tax receipts with them). 😉

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