Other (indicate in message) Submitted: February 7, 2024 | Updated: February 22, 2024

(February 2024) Request for Western Piedmont Community College [in Morganton, NC]: All “full-time” and “part-time” employees, faculty, staff, their salaries, and compensation, in 2023.

Hi Lisa, Joel, Sandra, Carla, Hope, Anita, Christopher (or WPCC Records Officer / 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

All NC Universities and Colleges are public entities, and their basic salary info is considered a matter of public record as part of the public personnel file of employees. Many NC community colleges have fulfilled a request like mine via email in 1 week, or in many cases 1 day.

** I’m simply requesting an 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. 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. **

Please provide a list of all “Full-time” and “Part-time” WPCC employees / faculty / staff, and their salaries, for anyone employed at any point during the period of 01/01/23 - 12/31/23. Please include the following:

1) Employee first / last name
2) Position / Title / Department
3) Date of Hire
4) Salary [this could be an hourly wage, hourly rate, or salary -- whatever payment structure is applicable to the employee]. I’d also like to know the “total compensation received” by the employee in 2023.

Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel or other machine-readable format. If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
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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.

Editor’s Note 02/07/24: The submission above has been revised for clarity.

Additionally, please note. In our experience requesting basic salary data from many entities — we feel it’s likely WPCC might not be able to query the data in the manner requested (on a specific date in time in the past, or “on the first day of every month in 2023”). Most entities seem to only provide this info for current employees, “as of the present day”. We just wanted to mention this possibility for your consideration when making future requests.


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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • February 22, 2024 7:18 am

    2 days ago

    from: Sessions, Lisa H <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 22, 2024, 7:18 AM
    subject: RE: Public records request. (February 2024) Request for Western Piedmont Community College [in Morganton, NC]: All “full-time” and “part-time” employees, faculty, staff, their salaries, and compensation, in 2023.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Lisa H. Sessions

    Director, Human Resources

    Western Piedmont Community College

    1001 Burkemont Ave

    Morganton NC 28655

     

    (828) 448-3126 (phone)

    (828) 448-3510 (fax)

     

    Our Vision

    Western Piedmont Community College is a transformational community leader that empowers all individuals to achieve success.

     

    PLEASE NOTE

    WPCC is open for business. Employees are available during normal business hours and continue to serve students and our community by telephone, electronically, or in person. Additional information about the College can be found at www.wpcc.edu.


    Status: Completed
  • February 21, 2024 5:10 pm

    2 days ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Sessions, Lisa H” <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 21, 2024, 5:10 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (February 2024) Request for Western Piedmont Community College [in Morganton, NC]: All “full-time” and “part-time” employees, faculty, staff, their salaries, and compensation, in 2023.

     

    Hi Lisa,

     

    I reviewed the email you sent on 02/15, as well as the two attached spreadsheets.

     

    I will now mark the request as “Completed” on our website.

     

    Thank you very much for your assistance with the request!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • February 15, 2024 11:48 am

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Sessions, Lisa H” <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 15, 2024, 11:48 AM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (February 2024) Request for Western Piedmont Community College [in Morganton, NC]: All “full-time” and “part-time” employees, faculty, staff, their salaries, and compensation, in 2023.

     

    Hi Lisa,

     

    Thank you for sharing those documents!

     

    I will review your email, and will consider my response as soon as possible.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 15, 2024 11:35 am

    1 week ago

    from: Sessions, Lisa H <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 15, 2024, 11:35 AM
    subject: RE: Public records request. (February 2024) Request for Western Piedmont Community College [in Morganton, NC]: All “full-time” and “part-time” employees, faculty, staff, their salaries, and compensation, in 2023.

     

    Per your request, see attached 2023 total compensation of both full-time and part-time employees for Western Piedmont Community College, along with employee titles and hire dates. If there are blanks in the position title cell, that is because they left employment during the year.

     

    I am also providing the base annual salary information for full-time in a separate spreadsheet, but unfortunately to provide that for part-time, it would involve extensive manual work and an additional cost would be incurred.

     

    Lisa H. Sessions

    Director, Human Resources

    Western Piedmont Community College

    1001 Burkemont Ave

    Morganton NC 28655

     

    828-448-3126

     

    E-mail correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized state official.

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 2 files referenced (“republicrecordsrequest_february2024requestforwest.zip”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 7, 2024 6:47 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Sessions, Lisa H” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Welch, Joel D” <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Feb 7, 2024, 6:47 PM
    subject: Public records request. (February 2024) Request for Western Piedmont Community College [in Morganton, NC]: All “full-time” and “part-time” employees, faculty, staff, their salaries, and compensation, in 2023.

     

    Hi Lisa, Joel, Sandra, Carla, Hope, Anita, Christopher (or WPCC Records Officer / 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

     

    All NC Universities and Colleges are public entities, and their basic salary info is considered a matter of public record as part of the public personnel file of employees. Many NC community colleges have fulfilled a request like mine via email in 1 week, or in many cases 1 day.

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an 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. 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. **

     

    Please provide a list of all “Full-time” and “Part-time” WPCC employees / faculty / staff, and their salaries, for anyone employed at any point during the period of 01/01/23 – 12/31/23. Please include the following:

     

    1) Employee first / last name
    2) Position / Title / Department
    3) Date of Hire
    4) Salary [this could be an hourly wage, hourly rate, or salary — whatever payment structure is applicable to the employee]. I’d also like to know the “total compensation received” by the employee in 2023.

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel or other machine-readable format. If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.
    ————————————

     

    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
  • February 7, 2024 6:43 pm

    2 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending