Sylvania Schools public information request Our Town Sylvania/Blade story

Our Town Sylvania/Toledo Blade has a story of the levy campaign activity as well as next steps.
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Sylvania Schools may have acted improperly in the way it used staff and resources in its recent unsuccessful tax levy campaign.

A Sylvania resident has questioned whether the district violated the law in its bid to get voters in May to approve a 3.8-mill levy. The measure was rejected by voters.

Read more at http://www.ourtownsylvania.com/Our-Town-Schools/2014/06/03/Sylvania-Scho...

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On May 23, I sent the following request for public information to the Treasurer - I have not heard any response back yet. I sent a follow-up this morning.

Hi there,

I would like to submit a public records request for the following items:

1. Any school levy educational items that you give to employees about
what they can and can't do for levy promotion from the period of 2007
until 2014 and when the items were distributed.

2. Any legal opinions from law firms, the county prosecutor or the
Ohio Attorney General about how the district can and cannot work with
levy committees from 2005 until 2014 and when the district received
them.

3. All e-mails by district staff & employees from the date of February
10, 2014 until May 6, 2014 discussing the May 6, 2014 levy (Issue 3),
including but not limited to any collaboration, marketing, and
coordination internally and with groups located outside of the school.

4. All purchases or renweals of domain names from godaddy.com from
January 30, 2014 until May 30, 2014 including who purchased the domain
name, what domain name it was and how it was paid for.

5. All purchases or renweals of services from weebly.com from January
30, 2014 until May 30, 2014 including who purchased the services and
how much it was for.

6. Copy of expenses by Sheryl O'Shea's department for the month of
March 2014, this includes any charges to departmental accounts or
billed to school credit cards.

7. A copy of district policy 3231A - STAFF PARTICIPATION IN POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

8. Dr Reiger said that an employee bought the domain name
voteforsylvaniaschools.com out of their own pocket, but it was created
and updated at 2:18 on 3/11/14. I would like to know if that employee
was on vacation that day, and if not, I would like to know who this
person was and their title.

Ohio law says I am entitled to receiving the records in the format
they were originally distributed in or exist in. I am requesting
electronic copies first, paper copies if you don't have electronic
copies of the items I requested.

Thank you - I look forward to your response.

No votes yet

The Blade's (quite belated) story used the phrase "could not be reached for comment," indicating Rieger's their guy and they'll do their best to insulate him. Had the paper chosen to be aggressive in its reporting, we would have seen its oft-used phrase, "did not respond to numerous phone calls and emails." Congratulations, by the way, to Chris for his comprehensive list of demands regarding internal communications. I expect Sylvania Schools to spend time and money looking for ways to avoid complying, then accuse Chris of preventing them from focusing on their jobs.

Patience is a great virtue.

a very interesting position because I was not looking for this, but I feel obligated to check this out. It is as much curiosity as it is obligation.

It will be interesting to see how this develops as I am waiting to see the next chapter just as much as any of you.

Dear Chris,

Please find enclosed a bill for said items and the time spent researching them for $234,143.69. We accept cash, check, or credit card.

Yours,

Sylvania Schools.

(you watch and see how much they'll want for the records, I'm telling you now.)

for similar records at TPS and there was no charge - but the Ohio law is quite clear that that amount would be unreasonable. If they were to do that, I am sure a judge will tell them to get with the program and they would foot the bill for the privilege of being in court with me.

No, the Sylvania school district taxpayers would foot the bill for the privilege of having the school district be in court with you.

Yes

and that would be another cost that we would pay for the district not following the law. See AC follow the law we all save money. Violate the law, it costs us all.

Notice the mind of the liberal.

It isn't the school districts fault for doing things wrong and wasting money. It's yours for holding them accountable.

MikeyA

I don't think AC was saying that at all. He was merely noting that any public entity must use public money for all expenditures.

Patience is a great virtue.

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