Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records Orders Octorara to Produce Records

Parkesburg Gazette

Pennsylvania Office of Open Records

On June 19, 2013, Parkesburg resident Timothy Alexander submitted a request to the Octorara Area School District seeking certain records relating to the District’s extension of the District Superintendent’s employment contract. The District did not respond within the required five business days of receiving the request, and the request was, therefore, deemed denied. On July 1, 2013, Alexander filed a timely appeal with Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records stating grounds for disclosure.

The Pennsylvania Right-to-Know law clearly places the burden of proof on the District to demonstrate that a record is exempt. In this case, the District did not comply with the Right-to-Know law by timely responding to the request, nor did it provide any factual or legal support for denying access to responsive records. Based on the District’s failure to comply with the statutory requirements of the Right-to-Know law or to provide any evidentiary basis in support of an exemption under the Right-to-Know law, the Office of…

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