District won't charge for emails it won't release

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) -- Greenwood School District 50 has told a newspaper that it won't charge it for finding emails that the district refuses to release about the resignation of a high school volleyball coach. 

The Index-Journal of Greenwood (http://bit.ly/XrraQQ ) filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the personnel file and emails concerning the employment of Emerald volleyball coach Gina Sargent in early October. 

The school district has refused to release the personnel file. Then on Tuesday, the district sent the newspaper a letter saying there would be no charge and no emails would be released because they are covered under a personal privacy exemption of the open records act. 

But First Amendment lawyer Jay Bender says the public has the right to see complaints made against an employee paid with tax money.


 

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