Public Information Request - FOIA

The North Carolina Public Records Law is designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies in North Carolina that the government has generated or collected. The first statute was passed in 1935. Records include all documents, no matter the physical form, "made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency." The North Carolina Public Records Act does not require “creating or compiling a record that does not exist.” See G.S. § 132-6.2(e).  

Anyone can request public records and no statement of purpose is required. There are no restrictions placed on the use of records and there is no time limit for a response. Section § 132-6 of the North Carolina Public Records Law states that a custodian of public records shall make them available "at reasonable times and under reasonable supervision by any person, and shall, as promptly as possible, furnish copies thereof upon payment of any fees as may be prescribed by law." 
Public Records Law G.S. §132-1

TO SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER NC FOIA (North Carolina Freedom of Information Act)

All Public Information-FOIA requests are public information. Copies of original documents will be posted to the District's website as public information. Corrections or changes to dates, misspelled words or other information on the original document will not be made by the Public Information Office. Any corrections or changes to the document must be made by the person making the request.

All Public Information-FOIA requests must be made in writing and must include the name of the person making the request. Verbal requests cannot be accepted.

There are three ways to submit a request for information:
1. You can mail your request to Public Information Office, Bladen County Schools District, P.O. Box 37, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
2. You can email your request to the Public Information Officer by clicking HERE.
3. You can deliver your request personally to the Bladen County School District Central Office at 1489 U.S. Highway 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC.

If delivering your request personally, please be sure to deliver it directly to the Public Information Office at the address given above. The District cannot be responsible for Public Information-FOIA requests that are sent or delivered to other employees or directly to Board members.

TO TRACK A PUBLIC INFORMATION-FOIA REQUEST

All Public Information-FOIA requests are public information. Copies of original documents will be posted to the District's website as public information. To track the status of an FOIA request, go to the District's website (www.bladen.k12.nc.us), choose Communications & Public Relations from the Departments menu list, click Public Information-FOIA Request in the right-side menu, and select the Public Information-FOIA Requests Summary from the list of items.

The Public Information-FOIA Requests Summary for the chosen year lists all FOIA requests, gives a brief description of the request, and provides the status of that request. To see the original source documents related to a specific FOIA request, exit the summary document and select the specific request. The source documents are sequenced chronologically; scroll through those pages to see all the related documents.

The District makes every effort to address and report every Public Information-FOIA request. If you have sent an FOIA request and it is not in the summary list or is not among the source documents, then your request may not have reached the right person within the District. If that is the case, please contact Valerie Newton, via the email address above, as soon as possible.



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