Bladen County Schools Public Information Request (Open Records)
North Carolina Public Records Law
The North Carolina Public Records Law is designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies in North Carolina. 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."
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 Chapter 132 - North Carolina General Assembly
Exempt: Confidential legal communications; criminal investigations; and intelligence information.
MAKING A REQUEST
The act is triggered when a person submits a written request to a government body. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal or other research, to answer questions, or to explain district decisions.
Requests should be submitted to Valerie Newton by mail or email at:
Bladen County Schools
P.O. Box 37
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
CHARGES TO THE REQUESTOR
A person may ask to view the information, get copies of the information, or both. If a request is for copies of information, the governmental body may charge for the copies. If a request is only for an opportunity to inspect information, then usually the governmental body may not impose a charge on the requestor. However, under certain limited circumstances, a governmental body may impose a charge for access to information. All charges imposed by a governmental body may for copies or for access to information, must comply with attorney general rules, unless another statute authorizes an agency to set its own charges.
Visit, North Carolina Sample FOIA Request, to view a sample FOIA request for the state.