|Submitted||June 27, 2014|
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.
Please confirm whether this request was received.
In response to your above request:
The WWPS had no teachers laid off for the 2014-2015 school year. We do
not send such notices to RIDE, therefore no documents exists relative to
that portion of the request.
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. A copy of the appeals procedure is enclosed.” (enclose
copy of 38-2-8 which I have attached)
Mrs. Karen A. Tarasevich, M.Ed.
Superintendent of Schools
West Warwick Public School System
10 Harris Avenue
West Warwick, RI 02893
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color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability,
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