Other (indicate in message) Submitted: December 14, 2023 | Updated: July 27, 2024

(December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

Good evening Iredell-Statesville Schools (Records Officer or Custodian(s) of these records),

Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

** I’m simply requesting the electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to "inspect", nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. And, I’m NOT asking for you to create or compile a record that does not exist. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

SUBJECT:
(December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 - 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

MESSAGE:
Please provide all incoming and outgoing communications [sent to and sent from] Superintendent Jeff James, during the period of January 01, 2023 through December 07, 2023. A request for “communications” should include but is not limited to emails, letters, memos, texts, messages, posts, comments or announcements.

Specifically – I’m only requesting communications that include any of the following Keywords: "technology" , "tech" , "fee" , “device" , "tablet" , "iPad" , “Ipad” , “ipad” , "laptop" .

I am explicitly asking that you DO NOT provide me with any confidential / sensitive / or personally identifying information about specific students or their data (if that type of info happens to be contained in any of the responsive records).
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Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Thank you for your assistance!

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

Editor’s Note: 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.

Status: Government Processing Request

Activity:

  • July 8, 2024 7:55 am

    4 days ago

    from: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 8, 2024, 7:55 AM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good morning.

     

    Thank you for letting me know. Let me reach out to the platform today and see what we can do to resolve this issue.

     

    Jada

     

    Jada Jonas

    Public Information Officer

    Iredell-Statesville Schools

    p: 704.924.2044

     

    E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to North Carolina’s Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties. However, Federal and State law protects certain information about personnel and students that may be contained in this e-mail from unauthorized disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this e-mail and any accompanying documents and contact the sender immediately. Unauthorized disclosure, copying, or distribution of any confidential or privileged content of this e-mail is prohibited.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • July 1, 2024 4:01 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 1, 2024, 4:01 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    I received your Next Request message (June 28, 12:46AM) via email, notifying that many documents for “record request #24-2” were uploaded to Next Request. I also received the email you sent above (12:49AM) which includes a Google Drive link to some of those same files.

     

    I tried clicking the documents linked in your Next Request email, but it isn’t possible to open them. Since you set up the account for us, I reset my password so I could try to login and view the files. I am able to “sign in”, but only right after resetting the password. It’s not possible to sign in simply by entering my login info.

    In any case, there isn’t a request or any documents to be viewed whenever signed in. Overall the Next Request platform seems to not be set up on the Iredell-Statesville Schools’ website.

     

    Please see attached screenshot. This is what it looks like when we login to Next Request:
    https://iredell-statesville-schools-nc.nextrequest.com/

     

    “Your portal is not live and not available to the public.” … “Our apologies! There is no public portal access at this time.”

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 2 screenshots referenced (“refollowinguponmypublicrecordsrequest_december202.zip”) at top left in our documents section.


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • July 27, 2024 12:49 am

    2 weeks ago

    from: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 27, 2024, 12:49 AM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good evening.

     

    Here is the estimated timeline for completing the request. Files have been placed in the Google Drive folder. It looks like the HTML files are not transferring through, so I’ve issued you an account through NextRequest to view these released records. I will be releasing records weekly as we continue to review them.

     

    Since we have over 11,000 items, I believe I can set the anticipated completion of your request to August 16, 2024. Please note that some of these items may not fit the parameter of the information request. We are using a new software to help with our request and each image that is embedded into the email may come through as a separate file.

     

    Please let me know if you have any trouble accessing these files.
    Jada

     

    **Editor’s Note: In addition to the Google Drive link provided, please see 1 additional file that was referenced (“Sunshine Request – Tech/Fee/etc.zip”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • June 27, 2024 12:46 am

    2 weeks ago

    from: Iredell-Statesville Schools NC Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Jun 27, 2024, 12:46 AM
    subject: [Document Released to Requester] Iredell-Statesville Schools, NC public records request #24-2

     

    Iredell-Statesville Schools, NC Public Records

     

    Documents have been released for record request #24-2 along with the following message:

     

    Attached please find a portion of records that are responsive to your public records request. Please note that we are still in the process of reviewing other potentially responsive documents. Assuming other responsive documents exist, we will get them to you as soon as they are available. We reserve the right to withhold and/or redact any records or information that may be exempt from disclosure under the law, and/or other applicable legal privileges including, but not limited to, attorney work product and attorney-client privileges.

     

    1_100-Day Plan PPT.pptx

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    1_Feb 2023 Iredell-Statesville Schools Organizational Chart – District Chart.pdf

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    1_nc_school_improvement_planning_implementation_guide_version_3.1_8.7.2023.pdf

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    1_NCASA BOD Meeting 2023-7-20.docx

    1_NCDPI Construction Cost 2010-2021.pdf

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    1_NCASA Showcase May 11 2024 at Mac Gray – SHS(1).pdf

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    27_SPED teacher – Jan Elvin Flor (4).pdf

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    1_CC Update on High School Stadium Upgrades 9.19.2023.pdf

    19_SPED teacher- Jemimah Rona.pdf

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    25_Secondary teacher- Janeth Abaño (1).pdf

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    1_Iredell EDC – Iredell Ready Attendee List.pdf

    01_OUTCOMES FOR SUPPLEMENTAL BADGES.docx

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    3_NC Webinar Series- Invite Fall (003)(1).pdf

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    1_GDP comparison with five countries.xls

    02_Elem teacher- Elle Bryan Espino (2).pdf

    Fwd: Auto Tech attends Top Tech.html

    08_Elem teacher-Dinah Calilit.pdf

    Re: Iredell-Statesville – Tyler Tech Project Planning -Follow Up.html

    A+ Virtual Learning/CTE/STEM options for Fall & Spring (NC).html

    1_Paula.docx

    03_BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN.docx

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    16_Math- Erlyn Yap (4).pdf

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    1_2022-23 Iredell-Statesville Schools – Middle School Math – Spring Semester.pdf

    1_DR Brochure K-12 4-5-2023_v2.0.pdf

    1_2023 myFutureNC Attainment Profile – County draft design – 08032023 (3).pdf

    Re: Iredell-Statesville – Tyler Tech Project Planning -Follow Up.html

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    4_Dr. Amy Clay and Rebecca Williams PowerPoint PDF.pdf

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    Referral from a teacher.html

    2_Introducing RJMA.pdf

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    7_performance_measure_examples_.pdf

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    13_Preschool teacher- Meka Ela Gupong.pdf

    Accepted: Status Meeting Update -Iredell Statesville School @ Thu Nov 2, 2023 10:30am – 11am (EDT) (Jeff James).txt

    1_Iredell Statesville Strategic Plan Update Proposal.docx

    Re: Iredell-Statesville School District, NC – Tyler Drive.html

    Fwd: almost there need ISS help.html

    Re: ROI.html

    3_Education FY23 ISS-FTF Update.xlsx

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    5_NCPAT Summary.pdf

    1_TET ISS Contract June 14 2023.docx

     

    **Editor’s Note: These files were sent to us through NextRequest (Jada apparently set this up for Sunshine Request, as we did not already have a NR account with Iredell-Statesville Schools). However, we are unable to access any of the files, or  Iredell-Statesville Schools’ NextRequest platform. We will be reaching out to Jada about this in the near future.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • June 21, 2024 3:34 pm

    3 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: Jeff James <[email protected]>, Kelly McCarraher <[email protected]>, LeVar Mizelle <[email protected]>, Maggie Becker <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 21, 2024, 3:34 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good afternoon Jada, all others CCed,

     

    This is my third attempt to follow up regarding my message to Jada on May 29 @ 6:44PM. I have not heard back.

     

    Please let me know when you anticipate completing my request. I will follow up again in 1 week, if I do not hear back before then

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • June 10, 2024 6:30 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 10, 2024, 6:30 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good evening Jada,

     

    I’m following up on my last message to you on 05/29. I have not heard back.

     

    Please let me know when you anticipate completing my request.

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • May 29, 2024 6:44 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    date: May 29, 2024, 6:44 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    Thank you for checking in.

     

    I just meant I would need time to speak with my Team to review what you said back on 05/17 (where you acknowledged Mr. Howell’s conduct specifically). I spoke with my Team earlier this week, and we determined we don’t have anything else to say on the matter.

    ————–

     

    On 05/17 you also said that “… We are working to go through these emails. To show the progression of this request, we will be releasing a portion of these emails as we work through the massive task of reading and redacting. I have created a Google Folder to house these files.  I have attached the folder here. Next week I will put together a timeline so that you can know when to expect a series of emails to be available.”  So, that’s what I was following up with you about again on 05/28.

     

    In regard to the special service charge you’ve just mentioned today:

    I appreciate your efforts to narrow the scope of my request. However, I (the requester) do not wish to narrow or further clarify the request I submitted to you in December. The keywords I requested are: “technology” , “tech” , “fee” , “device” , “tablet” , “iPad” , “Ipad” , “ipad” , “laptop”.

     

    At no point since my request was submitted on December 14, 2023 have I ever been notified of a potential fee for this request. In fact, I didn’t receive any acknowledgement that you were even working on the request at all until February 22: “… I want to apologize for the lack of response. We have received your request and will work to expedite the fulfillment of the request. While this is no excuse, we have identified the gap in our process and are working to ensure our compliance with the Law. I will provide an update on the timeline via email by 2/26/24. This will provide time for us to pull the records and figure out how much estimated time we will need to review and redact anything necessary.”

     

    On February 26, you said:  “… At this time we have pulled over 7000 items to review and potentially redact on this request. We will begin going through these items.”   Since that time (and prior to Mr. Howell’s email) I’ve been asking for an update as to when you anticipate the request may be completed. All communications we’ve exchanged to this point have indicated that you were working to fulfill my request. I’m very surprised to learn nearly 6 months after submitting the request, that you’d now like to assess a special service charge.

     

    By Law you cannot charge for the time spent to redact or separate confidential from non-confidential information. You have already established that you searched for and identified the number of responsive records — therefore, it would be very helpful to me if you provide a clear explanation / cost breakdown of the dollar amount you think is required for this request. Also, please provide me with a copy of your policy for implementing a special service charge (how it’s calculated and when it’s used) for public records requests.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • May 29, 2024 5:07 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: May 29, 2024, 5:07 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good afternoon.

     

    I wanted to seek some clarification. Your last messages indicated that you would review this with your team and provide a more detailed response on 5/17. I thought we were to wait for a response before going any further. As we have continued to analyze your request, the total amount of records continues to climb to over 11,000 items. We have spoken with our attorney for guidance in complying with your request. We are going to have to activate a special service fee to complete this large request. We are currently working to revise some of the keywords to see how many emails this would impact to see if the requester would like to edit the original request.

     

    If we pull out the word “tech” it would reduce the number of emails down to a little over 8,000.
    If we pull only the keywords “tech fee” it would reduce the amount of emails down to 20 emails.

     

    Please let us know the direction you would like us to continue with and we will provide an estimated cost, if any.

     

    Thanks.
    Jada

     

    Jada Jonas

    Public Information Officer

    Iredell-Statesville Schools

    p: 704.924.2044

     

    E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to North Carolina’s Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties. However, Federal and State law protects certain information about personnel and students that may be contained in this e-mail from unauthorized disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this e-mail and any accompanying documents and contact the sender immediately. Unauthorized disclosure, copying, or distribution of any confidential or privileged content of this e-mail is prohibited.


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • May 28, 2024 3:55 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: Jeff James <[email protected]>, Kelly McCarraher <[email protected]>, LeVar Mizelle <[email protected]>, Maggie Becker <[email protected]>
    date: May 28, 2024, 3:55 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    I hope you’re having a good start to the week

     

    I just wanted to follow up on my last message from 05/17. The Google Drive link / folder you provided is still “empty”. I cannot download or open the file attached to your email — but I expect this may just be because you are currently still working to fulfill the request, and so there aren’t any files to show right now.

     

    Can you please let me know when you anticipate completing the request?

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • May 17, 2024 5:19 pm

    1 month ago

    from: LeVar Mizelle <[email protected]>
    date: May 17, 2024, 5:19 PM
    subject: Out of Office – Response Limited Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hello,

     

    I will be out of the office Wednesday, May 15, 2024 thru Friday, May 17, 2024. Please note that response to email will be beyond normal response times (beyond 24 — 48 hours). If you need immediate assistance, please reach out to Linda Gillon at [email protected] or Jill Parker at [email protected] for assistance.

     

    Thank you and talk to you soon.

     


    LeVar Mizelle, Ed.D
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Iredell-Statesville Schools
    (704) 924-2009

    E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to North Carolina’s Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties. However, Federal and State law protects certain information about personnel and students that may be contained in this e-mail from unauthorized disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this e-mail and any accompanying documents and contact the sender immediately. Unauthorized disclosure, copying, or distribution of any confidential or
    privileged content of this e-mail is prohibited.


     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: Jeff James <[email protected]>, Kelly McCarraher <[email protected]>, LeVar Mizelle <[email protected]>, Maggie Becker <[email protected]>
    date: May 17, 2024, 5:19 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    Thank you for your message. I will review this in closer detail with my team early next week, and I will provide a more detailed response at that time.

     

    I did want to go ahead and let you know that the link / folder you’ve provided above is “empty”. I am unable to downloaded or open the file attached to your email, and the link you shared to the same folder shows that it is “empty”. I expect that this may just be because you are currently working to fulfill the request, and so there are no files to show at this time — which is fine.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • May 17, 2024 5:06 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Jeff James <[email protected]>, Kelly McCarraher <[email protected]>, LeVar Mizelle <[email protected]>, Maggie Becker <[email protected]>
    date: May 17, 2024, 5:06 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Thank you so much for your email.  I want to apologize to you and your staff for the response you received.

     

    I would be glad to provide you an update on this request:

    We are working to go through these emails. To show the progression of this request, we will be releasing a portion of these emails as we work through the massive task of reading and redacting. I have created a Google Folder to house these files.  I have attached the folder here. Next week I will put together a timeline so that you can know when to expect a series of emails to be available.

     

    Thank you again.

    Jada

     

    Editor’s Note: We would typically add the referenced folder / file (“Sunshine Request – Tech/Fee/etc“) at top left in our “Documents” section. However, the link / attachment Jada sent shows that the folder is “empty” currently.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • May 14, 2024 4:46 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Bill Howell <[email protected]>
    cc: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: May 14, 2024, 4:46 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good afternoon Bill, Jada, Dr. Mizelle,

     

    My name is Patrick Conant, and I am the Director of Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com).

     

    Sunshine Request has been operated by my small team in Asheville NC since 2017, and we’ve submitted over 2,300 public records requests to government entities across the country. Our primary goal is to make it easy for any member of the public to access public records.

     

    Your PIO, Jada Jonas, has also fulfilled previous public records requests we’ve submitted to Iredell-Statesville Schools.

     

    NC Public Records Law does not require anyone requesting public records to provide their name, address, or intention when submitting a public records request. Furthermore, NC Public Records Law is quite clear that “people may obtain copies of their public records and public information free or at minimal cost unless otherwise specifically provided by law”. My team is very familiar with provisions of NC Public Records law that allow fees to be charged for physical copies or through a “special service charge”. However, since the public records we’ve requested should be readily available and we’ve requested electronic (rather than physical) copies, I do not expect there will be any fee assessed for the request we submitted to Iredell-Statesville Schools.

     

    I want to express my concern with Mr. Howell’s insinuation that Sunshine Request is a secret organization, that we seek to “cause trouble”, and that people submitting public records requests are “terrorists”. This aggressive response to a member of the public exercising their right to request public records is highly inappropriate, particularly because Mr. Howell serves as Chair of the Board of Education.

     

    Jada and Staff –
    Can you please provide an update on the records request I submitted in December 2023? Can you please specify when you anticipate that it may be completed?

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    Patrick Conant
    Director, Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • May 7, 2024 12:05 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Bill Howell <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: May 7, 2024, 12:05 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Who is sunshine? Where are they located and who is incharge? I really do not like the attitude.
    You know the terrorists hide their faces. I would urge you to come out in the real sunshine and stand up for who you are.
    I hope you have the money to pay for this information. My belief is you just want to cause trouble.

     

    Bill Howell
    Board Chairman


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • May 6, 2024 6:02 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: May 6, 2024, 6:02 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada, all others CCed,

     

    This is my fourth attempt to follow up with you since April 05 regarding the status of my public records request:
    (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    The last update I received on February 26, that said you “… have pulled over 7000 items to review and potentially redact on this request. We will begin going through these items.”

     

    I have not received a response to any of my follow up emails about this on April 5th, 18th, or 26th.

     

    I’d like to ask again that you please provide an anticipated timeline (or a date for the completion) of my request.

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • April 26, 2024 1:42 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Apr 26, 2024, 1:42 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good afternoon Jada, all others CCed,

     

    This is my third attempt to follow up with you since April 05 regarding the status of my public records request:
    (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    I have not received a response to either of my follow up emails on April 05 or April 18.

     

    Can you please provide an anticipated timeline or date for the completion of my request?

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • April 18, 2024 5:04 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Mail Delivery Subsystem <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 18, 2024, 5:04 PM
    subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

     

    Address not found

     

    Your message wasn’t delivered to [email protected] because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.

     

    LEARN MORE

     

    The response was:

     

    550 5.2.1 The email account that you tried to reach is inactive. For more information, go to https://support.google.com/mail/?p=DisabledUser f5-20020a170902684500b001e42d84e6ddsor3547817pln.16 – gsmtp

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    To: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    Cc: [email protected].us[email protected][email protected]
    Bcc:
    Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 17:04:07 -0400
    Subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.
    —– Message truncated —–


     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Apr 18, 2024, 5:04 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    I’m just following up again to see if there is any update you can provide on the status of my request?

     

    (December 2023) Request for IredellStatesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    I did not receive a reply to my last message on April 05.

     

    Can you please provide an anticipated timeline or date for the completion of my request? I’ll wait to follow up again until the time you specify.

     

    Thanks for your help!

     

     ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • April 5, 2024 12:40 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 5, 2024, 12:40 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    I hope you’ve been well.

     

    I just wanted to follow up to see if there is any update you can provide on the status of my request?

     

    (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    If possible, can you please provide an anticipated timeline or date for its completion? I’ll wait to follow up again until the time you specify.

     

    Thanks for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • February 26, 2024 6:51 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 26, 2024, 6:51 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    Thank you for the update!

     

    I will wait until late next month to follow up again (if I don’t hear anything else before then).

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 26, 2024 6:26 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 26, 2024, 6:26 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good evening.
    I wanted to follow up as promised on the request.
    At this time we have pulled over 7000 items to review and potentially redact on this request. We will begin going through these items.

     

    Thanks
    Jada

    Jada Jonas

    Public Information Officer

    Iredell-Statesville Schools

    p: 704.924.2044

     

    E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to North Carolina’s Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties. However, Federal and State law protects certain information about personnel and students that may be contained in this e-mail from unauthorized disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this e-mail and any accompanying documents and contact the sender immediately. Unauthorized disclosure, copying, or distribution of any confidential or privileged content of this e-mail is prohibited.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 22, 2024 6:03 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Feb 22, 2024, 6:03 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Hi Jada,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of the request.

     

    I will follow up again early next month, if I haven’t heard anything else before then.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 22, 2024 8:03 am

    4 months ago

    from: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Feb 22, 2024, 8:03 AM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good morning.

     

    I want to apologize for the lack of response. We have received your request and will work to expedite the fulfillment of the request.
    While this is no excuse, we have identified the gap in our process and are working to ensure our compliance with the Law.

     

    I will provide an update on the timeline via email by 2/26/24. This will provide time for us to pull the records and figure out how much estimated time we will need to review and redact anything necessary.

     

    Thank you.
    Jada

    Jada Jonas

    Public Information Officer

    Iredell-Statesville Schools

    p: 704.924.2044

     

    E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to North Carolina’s Public Records Act and may be disclosed to third parties. However, Federal and State law protects certain information about personnel and students that may be contained in this e-mail from unauthorized disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this e-mail and any accompanying documents and contact the sender immediately. Unauthorized disclosure, copying, or distribution of any confidential or privileged content of this e-mail is prohibited.


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 21, 2024 5:31 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Feb 21, 2024, 5:31 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good evening Jada, Maggie, Kelly, all others CCced,

     

    I submitted the following public records request to I-S Schools on 12/14/2023 at 7:09pm, via your Public Records Requests online form:

     

    SUBJECT
    (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    I have not received any response at all since I submitted the request. Nor have I received a reply to either of my follow up emails in the thread above on January 2nd and 30th.

     

    Under NC Public Records Law, I-S Schools is required to “promptly” process all public records requests. Essentially, this means that if you intentionally delay the fulfillment of my request by allowing it to “sit” until staff has availability to address it, or feels like answering my emails, then this could be considered a denial of a request. With this in mind, I want to highlight again the court case referenced in item #6 of the following article, posted on the NC Press Association website. In this instance: “The trial court held that an unjustified one-month delay in production of records was tantamount to a denial”. http://www.ncpress.com/stories/a-bakers-dozen-for-2022nc-public-records-law,239

     

    Having made all reasonable attempts to follow up, and having received no reply from anyone — I’m going to now mark this request as having been “Denied” by your organization. If you would like to respond to me in the future to fulfill the request, I’ll be happy to “reopen” it at that time.

     

    I would also like to suggest that I-S Schools revisit their current public records request fulfillment process to ensure that you’re in compliance with the Law, and that you fulfill and respond to all requests in a timely manner.

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Denied Request
  • January 30, 2024 2:18 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Mail Delivery Subsystem <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 30, 2024, 2:18 PM
    subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

     

    Address not found

     

    Your message wasn’t delivered to [email protected] because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.

     

    LEARN MORE

     

    The response was:

     

    550 5.2.1 The email account that you tried to reach is inactive. For more information, go to https://support.google.com/mail/?p=DisabledUser kd3-20020a17090313c300b001d7776bca8csor123967plb.3 – gsmtp

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    To: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    Cc: [email protected].us[email protected][email protected]
    Bcc:
    Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2024 14:18:06 -0500
    Subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.
    —– Message truncated —–


     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Jan 30, 2024, 2:18 PM
    subject: Re: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good afternoon Jada, all others CCed,

     

    I submitted the following public records request to I-S Schools on 12/14/2023 at 7:09pm, via your Public Records Requests online form:

     

    SUBJECT:
    (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    I have not received any response since I submitted the request, nor have I received a reply to my follow up email above on January 02, 2024.

     

    Under NC Public Records Law, I-S Schools is required to “promptly” process all public records requests. Essentially, this means that if you are intentionally delaying the fulfillment of a request by allowing it to “sit” until staff has availability to address it, or feels like answering my emails, then this could be considered a denial of a request. With this in mind, I want to highlight the court case referenced in item #6 of the following article, posted on the NC Press Association website. In this instance: “The trial court held that an unjustified one-month delay in production of records was tantamount to a denial”. http://www.ncpress.com/stories/a-bakers-dozen-for-2022nc-public-records-law,2390

     

    Please confirm receipt of my request, and please provide an anticipated date for its completion.

     

    I will follow up again in 1 week. At that point, if I still haven’t heard back, then I will mark this request as having been “Denied” by your organization.

     

    Thank you!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • January 2, 2024 5:13 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Mail Delivery Subsystem <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 2, 2024, 5:13 PM
    subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

     

    Address not found

     

    Your message wasn’t delivered to [email protected] because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.

     

    LEARN MORE

     

    The response was:

    550 5.2.1 The email account that you tried to reach is inactive. For more information, go to https://support.google.com/mail/?p=DisabledUser ew4-20020a056122494400b004b71b2404acsor3060449vkb.5 – gsmtp

     

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    To: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    Cc: [email protected].us[email protected][email protected]
    Bcc:
    Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2024 17:13:28 -0500
    Subject: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.
    —– Message truncated —–


     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jada Jonas <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Jan 2, 2024, 5:13 PM
    subject: Following up on my Public Records Request. (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    Good afternoon Jada (or Records Officer / Custodian(s) of these Records),

     

    I submitted the following public records request [see copied below] to I-S Schools on 12/14/23 at 7:09pm via your Public Records Requests online form.

     

    I have not received any response since I submitted the request, therefore I must follow up with you all directly via email.

     

    Can you please confirm receipt of the request below to let me know it has begun processing — and please provide an anticipated date for the completion of my request? I’ll follow up again in 1 week, if I do not hear anything else before then.

     

    Thank you!
    ——–

     

    ” Good evening Iredell-Statesville Schools (Records Officer or Custodian(s) of these records),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting the electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to “inspect”, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. And, I’m NOT asking for you to create or compile a record that does not exist. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    SUBJECT:
    (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    MESSAGE:
    Please provide all incoming and outgoing communications [sent to and sent from] Superintendent Jeff James, during the period of January 01, 2023 through December 07, 2023. A request for “communications” should include but is not limited to emails, letters, memos, texts, messages, posts, comments or announcements.

     

    Specifically – I’m only requesting communications that include any of the following Keywords: “technology” , “tech” , “fee” , “device” , “tablet” , “iPad” , “Ipad” , “ipad” , “laptop” .

     

    I am explicitly asking that you DO NOT provide me with any confidential / sensitive / or personally identifying information about specific students or their data (if that type of info happens to be contained in any of the responsive records).
    ————————————

     

    Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!

     

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


    Status: Follow up
  • December 14, 2023 7:09 pm

    6 months ago

    **Editor’s Note 12/14/23: We submitted the following request to Iredell-Statesville Schools via their public records request form at 7:09pm EST. If we receive any updates, they will be posted on our website. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!

     

    from: Google Forms <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Dec 14, 2023, 7:09 PM
    subject: Public Records Request Form

     

    Thanks for filling out Public Records Request Form
    Here’s what was received.



    Good evening Iredell-Statesville Schools (Records Officer or Custodian(s) of these records),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting the electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to “inspect”, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. And, I’m NOT asking for you to create or compile a record that does not exist. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record should already exist). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    SUBJECT:

    (December 2023) Request for Iredell-Statesville, NC Schools: All Superintendent communications incoming and outgoing from 01/01/23 – 12/07/23. Keyword specific.

     

    MESSAGE:

    Please provide all incoming and outgoing communications [sent to and sent from] Superintendent Jeff James, during the period of January 01, 2023 through December 07, 2023. A request for “communications” should include but is not limited to emails, letters, memos, texts, messages, posts, comments or announcements.

     

    Specifically – I’m only requesting communications that include any of the following Keywords: “technology” , “tech” , “fee” , “device” , “tablet” , “iPad” , “Ipad” , “ipad” , “laptop” .

     

    I am explicitly asking that you DO NOT provide me with any confidential / sensitive / or personally identifying information about specific students or their data (if that type of info happens to be contained in any of the responsive records).

    ————————————

     

    Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and explanations for those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request

    PO Box 17391

    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!

     

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


    Status: Sent to Government
  • December 14, 2023 6:52 pm

    6 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending