Teacher layoff letters (Portsmouth School Department)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Portsmouth School Department of Portsmouth, RI .
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:

A full list of the teachers who have received layoff letters for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the full list of teachers’ names submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Education for possible layoff for the 2014-2015 school year.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Musgrave


Please confirm whether this request was received.


From: Lettie Lemoi

Dear Shawn,

Please be advised your request has been received and I will be sending you (via email) the information your requested below, within the next several hours.
Thank you kindly for your patience.

From: Lettie Lemoi

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Attached, please find information responsive to your APRA request dated June 27, 2014. This list represents those individuals terminated from the Portsmouth School Department district. The list of names below is also the identical list that is filed with the Rhode Island Department of Education as non-renewed/terminated teachers.

Be advised that we have not included information relative to the preliminary layoff list because we believe that this is not a public record under the APRA statute. As such, we object to that portion of the request.

Please be advised that you may appeal the aforementioned decision by the District and file a complaint with the attorney general or retain private counsel for the purpose of instituting proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief in the superior court of the county where the record is maintained, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8(b).

In accordance with RI General Law 38-2-8, if you wish to appeal this decision, you may file a complaint with the Department of Attorney General, 115 South Main Street, Providence, RI; or the Rhode Island Superior Court of Washington County.

Please don't hesitate to contact if you need any further assistance.

Kind regards,

Lettie Lemoi | Portsmouth School Department
29 Middle Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
401-683-1039, ext. 1003