Local School Board addresses FOIA request and processes for getting out info

The Shenandoah County School Board responded to recent news about Freedom of Information Act requests for employee salary data at its meeting Thursday night.

In December, District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey had asked for detailed salary data of school employees and did not want to pay the $700 price that Division Superintendent Jeremy Raley had quoted for producing the data. The price was said to be proportionate to the time and resources used to fulfill the request. Bailey's request failed to draw support from the county's board of supervisors.

School board Chairman Richard Koontz opened the meeting by addressing the headlines and comments regarding the price.

"There's been a lot of publicity and a lot of talk about the ability to get information from the School Board and I just want to make sure we all understand the facts and understand how we do things when it comes to getting information out," he said. "We have always done this the same way. We have policies in place to handle requests for information." Continue>>>