possumboy wrote:I would question why they need 2 people. One I could understand but two makes me think of having an intern being supervised by an admin assistant because the intern can't be trusted with a copy machine.A FIOA request was madeof a countyschool in Virginia. They are charging $.20/page plus time of all the staff.
I know they can charge cost, but $.20/page is really expensive and they also charge time for two people to copy and review. Does this seem right to everyone?
"A public body may make reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records. No public body shall impose any extraneous, intermediary or surplus fees or expenses to recoup the general costs associated with creating or maintaining records or transacting the generalbusiness of the public body. Any duplicating fee charged by a public body shall not exceed the actual cost of duplication. [rules based on geographical location snipped]"
School boards, especially PWCSB, like to abuse FOIA. Send another letter asking for a detailed billing breakout to include labor hours and then include that section and ask "In reference to the following provision, detail how your proposed billing conforms to public law."
The other option is to go in and inspect the records personally. It's zero cost to you (except your time) and you get the added benefit of annoying those people up front and personal.
Be advised, if it's a K-12 school, don't carry. If it's there law office in Manassas - well thats different.