Other (indicate in message) Submitted: August 28, 2020 | Updated: November 24, 2020

(August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

Hello Jackson County, NC Public Schools,

I'd like to make a public records request for the following information:

1) Please provide a total of Federal, State, and Local dollars that were spent in Jackson County, NC Public Schools on the "retirement gatherings" of Sue Nations, Mike Murray, and other employees [unspecified] retiring from Central Office in the past fifteen years.

2) Also, if applicable, please provide totals for any requested funds for Kim Elliott, as well as the total of any funds that were spent on her retirement.

Please provide all responsive records as of 08/31/20 (or the date the query is performed).

Thank you for your assistance!

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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • November 24, 2020 3:27 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kristie Walker <[email protected]>
    cc: Cora Fields <[email protected]>,
    Jacob Buchanan <[email protected]>,
    Tony Tipton <[email protected]>,
    Chris Campbell <[email protected]>,
    Paula Lovitt <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 24, 2020, 3:27 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    Good afternoon Kristie,

     

    Sorry for the mix-up and delayed reply on this! This request is now marked as completed on our site.

     

    We appreciate your assistance and hope you have a good Thanksgiving.

     

    Best,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • November 3, 2020 11:57 am

    2 months ago

    from: Kristie Walker <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Tony Tipton <[email protected]>,
    Jacob Buchanan <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 3, 2020, 11:57 AM
    subject: FW: Sunshine Request

     

    Per your request, please see below.

     

    Kristie Walker

    Finance Officer

    Jackson County Public Schools

    398 Hospital Road

    Sylva, NC 28779

    828-586-2311 Ext 1945

    Fax: 828-586-5450

    [email protected]

     

    From: Toby Allman <[email protected]>
    Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:57 PM
    To: Kristie Walker <[email protected]>
    Subject: Sunshine Request

     

    Kristie,

     

    Regarding the Sunshine Request asking how much was spent on retirement parties, I was able to find the following employees who had retired over the past fifteen years, in which their primary location was listed as the Central Office. There may be some names missing, because some records do not have the reason why their employment ended. Also, the location may be incorrect on some.

     

    However, the only one I can find an expense for a retirement party was Michael Murray. $185.00 was spend on him. Cora said all retiring employees receive a clock, worth around $50.00 as a gift. By asking other employees who have been here for a while, the consensus is either everyone would bring a covered dish for a meal, or everyone would pitch in some money to buy refreshments, or everyone would go to a restaurant and pay for their own meal.

     

    Name – date retired

    Frankie Harris – 11/01/2009

    Peggy Sue Nations – 06/13/2011

    Betty Brown – 05/31/2012

    Michael Bumgarner – 05/31/2013

    Susan Griesinger – 06/30/2013

    Earlene Keever – 05/31/2015

    Janice Cochran – 03/07/2016

    Terry Hilton – 04/30/2016

    Michael Murray – 06/30/2017

    Cynthia Simmons – 07/31/2017

    Gwen Edwards – 11/30/2018

    Kimberly Elliott – 09/01/2020

     

    Let me know what else is needed on this.

     

    Thank you,
    Toby Allman

    Internal Auditor

    Jackson County Public Schools

    828-586-2311, ext 1957


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • October 16, 2020 10:01 am

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kristie Walker <[email protected]>
    cc: Cora Fields <[email protected]>,
    Jacob Buchanan <[email protected]>,
    Tony Tipton <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]” <[email protected]>,
    Paula Lovitt <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 16, 2020, 10:01 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    Good morning Kristie,

     

    Thank you for the update, we will follow up again at the end of this month if we haven’t heard back before then.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 12, 2020 8:04 am

    3 months ago

    from: Kristie Walker <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>,
    Cora Fields <[email protected]>
    cc: Jacob Buchanan <[email protected]>,
    Tony Tipton <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]” <[email protected]>,
    Paula Lovitt <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 12, 2020, 8:04 AM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    This request is being processed. We are gathering the necessary information and hope to be able to provide it soon.

     

    Thanks,

    Kristie Walker

    Finance Officer

    Jackson County Public Schools

    398 Hospital Road

    Sylva, NC 28779

    828-586-2311 Ext 1945

    Fax: 828-586-5450

    [email protected]


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 9, 2020 4:43 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Cora Fields <[email protected]>
    cc: Jacob Buchanan <[email protected]>,
    “Dr. Tony Tipton” <[email protected]>,
    Kristie Walker <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]” <[email protected]>,
    Paula Lovitt <paula[email protected]>
    date: Oct 9, 2020, 4:43 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    Good afternoon Cora,

     

    We’re checking in on this public records request to see if there’s any update to report?

     

    We’ll follow up again at the end of the month if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • September 16, 2020 12:36 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Cora Fields <[email protected]>
    cc: Jacob Buchanan <[email protected]>,
    “Dr. Tony Tipton” <[email protected]>,
    Kristie Walker <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]” <[email protected]>,
    Paula Lovitt <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 16, 2020, 12:36 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    Good afternoon Cora,

     

    Sorry for the delay in our reply!

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of this request. We’ll check back in at the end of this month if we haven’t heard back before then.

     

    We appreciate your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • September 1, 2020 10:02 am

    4 months ago

    from: Cora Fields <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Jacob Buchanan <[email protected]>,
    “Dr. Tony Tipton” <[email protected]>,
    Kristie Walker <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]” <[email protected]>,
    Paula Lovitt <[email protected]>
    date: Sep 1, 2020, 10:02 AM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    Dear Sunshine Request,
    We have forwarded your request to the JCPS Finance Officer. We are uncertain as to the amount of time we will require to answer this request at this time.

     

    Sincerely,
    Cora Fields
    Assistant to Dr. Kimberly Elliott, Superintendent,
    Mr. Jacob Buchanan, Assistant Superintendent,
    And the Jackson County Board of Education
    Jackson County Public Schools
    398 Hospital Road
    Sylva, NC 28779
    828-586-2311, ext. 1924
    FAX 828-586-5450


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • August 31, 2020 4:31 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Cora Fields <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 31, 2020, 4:31 PM
    subject: Records Request: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    Good afternoon Jackson County Public Schools,

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    We acknowledge and are sensitive to the fact that you’re likely extra busy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But if possible, if you could please confirm receipt of the request and provide a rough timeline as to when the request may be completed, we’ll wait to follow up again until around the time period you specify.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (August 2020) Request for Jackson County, NC public schools retirement expenses as of 08/31/20

     

    Message: “Hello Jackson County, NC Public Schools,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    1) Please provide a total of Federal, State, and Local dollars that were spent in Jackson County, NC Public Schools on the “retirement gatherings” of Sue Nations, Mike Murray, and other employees [unspecified] retiring from Central Office in the past fifteen years.

     

    2) Also, if applicable, please provide totals for any requested funds for Kim Elliott, as well as the total of any funds that were spent on her retirement.

     

    Please provide all responsive records as of 08/31/20 (or the date the query is performed).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!“

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • August 28, 2020 1:00 pm

    4 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending