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FOIA Requests


In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the designated officer for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is Ellen M. Walsh.


All requests made under the provisions outlined in FOIA legislation, should be sent to the attention of Ellen M. Walsh via mail at District 205 Center, 162 S. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 or via email at emwalsh@elmhurst205.org

Costs

  1. Fifteen cents per page for copies over 50 pages.
  2. The actual cost (not including personnel costs) for reproducing and certifying color copies or pages other than letter or legal size.
  3. The actual cost of the medium used may be charged for electronic copies.
  4. Fees may be waived or reduced if in the public interest as permitted by Section 6 of the Freedom of Information Act.

Immediately Available District Public Records & Web-Posted Reports/Records

The District’s Freedom of Information Officer designates the public records that are listed in this table as being immediately available to the public. The records that are asterisked are posted on the District’s website and may be immediately inspected, downloaded, printed, and/or copied. Any asterisked public record is also immediately available for inspection or copying upon request at the District’s administrative office during its regular business hours, provided any applicable fees are paid. Records without an asterisk will be provided within 5 business days as allowed by the Freedom of Information Act, provided any applicable fees are paid.

 

Web-posted records and information

*Annual schedule of regular meetings for the current school year that are posted at the beginning of each calendar or fiscal year

*Agenda of each regular meeting that is posted at least 48 hours before a meeting and remains posted until the meeting is concluded

*Official open meeting minutes that are posted within 10 days of the Board’s approval and remain posted for at least 60 days

*Description of the District and its records including:

  • Summary of the District’s purpose
  • Total amount of operating budget
  • Number and location of all of its separate offices
  • Approximate number of full and part-time employees (see also, salary and benefits information report for the Superintendent, administrators, and teachers, District’s Statement of Affairs)
  • Identification and membership of the Board
  • Brief description of the methods whereby the public may request information and public records
  • Directory information for the Freedom of Information Officer
  • Address where requests for public records should be directed
  • Fees

*A hyperlink to an email address(es) for members of the public to communicate with members of the Board

*Annual budget for current fiscal year, itemized by receipts and expenditures

*District Report Card and a Report Card for each School (the Report Cards will be provided by ISBE by Oct. 31of each year)

*A list of all contracts in excess of $25,000 and any contracts with an exclusive bargaining representative

*Board policy, 7:180, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

*Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits Report (itemized salary report for the Superintendent and all administrators and teachers); benefits includes without limitation vacation days, sick days, bonuses, annuities, and retirement enhancements

*Names of Board members who have completed professional development leadership training

 

Policy 2:250

School Board

Access to District Public Records

Full access to the District’s public records is available to any person as provided in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), this policy, and implementing procedures.  The Superintendent or designee shall:  (1) provide the Board with sufficient information and data to permit the Board to monitor the District’s compliance with FOIA and this policy, and (2) report any FOIA requests during the Board’s regular meetings along with the status of the District’s response.
 

Freedom of Information Officer
 

The Superintendent shall serve as the District’s Freedom of Information Officer and assumes all the duties and powers of that office as provided in FOIA and this policy. The Superintendent may delegate these duties and powers to one or more designees but the delegation shall not relieve the Superintendent of the responsibility for the action that was delegated.

Definition
 

The District’s public records are defined as records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary material pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under the control of the School District.
 

Requesting Records
 

A request for inspection and/or copies of public records must be made in writing and may be submitted by personal delivery, mail, telefax, or email directed to the District’s Freedom of Information Officer. Individuals making a request are not required to state a reason for the request other than to identify when the request is for a commercial purpose or when requesting a fee waiver. The Superintendent or designee shall instruct District employees to immediately forward any request for inspection and copying of a public record to the District’s Freedom of Information Officer or designee.
 

Responding to Requests
 

The Freedom of Information Officer shall approve all requests for public records unless:

  1. The requested material does not exist;
  2. The requested material is exempt from inspection and copying by the Freedom of Information Act; or
  3. Complying with the request would be unduly burdensome.

Within 5 business days after receipt of a request for access to a public record, the Freedom of Information Officer shall comply with or deny the request, unless the time for response is extended as specified in Section 3 of FOIA. The Freedom of Information Officer may extend the time for a response for up to 5 business days from the original due date. If an extension is needed, the Freedom of Information Officer shall: (1) notify the person making the request of the reason for the extension, and (2) either inform the person of the date on which a response will be made or agree with the person in writing on a compliance period.

 

The time periods are extended for responding to requests for records made for a commercial purpose, requests by a recurrent requester, or voluminous requests as those terms are defined in Section 2 of FOIA. The time periods for responding to those requests are governed by Sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.6 of FOIA.
 

When responding to a request for a record containing both exempt and non-exempt material, the Freedom of Information Officer shall redact exempt material from the record before complying with the request.
 

Fees
 

Persons making a request for copies of public records must pay any and all applicable fees. The Freedom of Information Officer shall establish a fee schedule that complies with FOIA and this policy and is subject to the Board’s review.  The fee schedule shall include copying fees and all other fees to the maximum extent they are permitted by FOIA, including without limitation, search and review fees for responding to a request for a commercial purpose.
 

Copying fees, except when fixed by statute, shall be reasonably calculated to reimburse the District’s actual cost for reproducing and certifying public records and for the use, by any person, of its equipment to copy records.  In no case shall the copying fees exceed the maximum fees permitted by FOIA.  If the District’s actual copying costs are equal to or greater than the maximum fees permitted by FOIA, the Freedom of Information Officer is authorized to use FOIA’s maximum fees as the District’s fees.  No copying fees shall be charged for: (1) the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies or (2) electronic copies other than the actual cost of the recording medium, except if the response is to a voluminous request, as defined in FOIA.
 

A fee reduction is available if the request qualifies under section 6 of FOIA.  The Freedom of Information Officer shall set the amount of the reduction taking into consideration the amount of material requested and the cost of copying it.
 

Provision of Copies and Access to Records
 

A public record that is the subject of an approved access request will be available for inspection or copying at the District’s administrative office during regular business hours, unless other arrangements are made by the Freedom of Information Officer.
 

Many public records are immediately available from the District’s website including, but not limited to, the process for requesting a public record.  The Freedom of Information Officer shall direct a requester to the District’s website if a requested record is available there.  If the requester is unable to reasonably access the record online, he or she may resubmit the request for the record, stating his or her inability to reasonably access the record online, and the District shall make the requested record available for inspection and copying as otherwise provided in this policy.
 

Preserving Public Records
 

Public records, including email messages, shall be preserved and cataloged if: (1) they are evidence of the District’s organization, function, policies, procedures, or activities, (2) they contain informational data appropriate for preservation, (3) their retention is required by State or federal law, or (4) they are subject to a retention request by the Board Attorney (e.g. a litigation hold), District auditor, or other individual authorized by the School Board or State or federal law to make such a request. Unless its retention is required as described in items numbered 3 or 4 above, a public record, as defined by the Illinois Local Records Act, may be destroyed when authorized by the Local Records Commission. 
 

LEGAL REF.: 5 ILCS 140/, Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
105 ILCS 5/10-16 and 5/24A-7.1.
820 ILCS 40/11.
820 ILCS 130/5.
CROSS REF.: 2:140 (Communications To and From the Board),
5:150 (Personnel Records), 7:340 (Student Records)
ADOPTED: February 22, 2011
REVISED: August 16, 2011
REVISED: January 24, 2012
  November 24, 2015