City of Asheville Submitted: January 15, 2021 | Updated: March 26, 2021

(January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

Hi Asheville, NC City Schools,

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

Please provide the educational degrees attained by all ACS Central Office staff employees (at all levels above Administrative Assistant level). For example - This request would include all Assistant Superintendents, managers, directors, etc.

Please include where the degree was obtained, and in what subjects/areas the degree was awarded.

Please provide all responsive records as of 01/05/21 (or the date the query is performed).

Thank you for your assistance!

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: Completed

Activity:

  • March 26, 2021 3:58 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 26, 2021, 3:58 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Hi Ashley,

     

    Welcome back! 🙂

     

    Thank you for clarifying RE: personnel records. We have noted this update on our site, and will mark the request as “Completed” at this time.

     

    We will also be sure to send emails to you from here on, and will remove Dillon from any CCs or follow up emails they may be on currently.

     

    Thank you for your help!


    Status: Completed
  • March 23, 2021 3:57 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 23, 2021, 4:57 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    Thank you so much for reaching out! First and foremost, I wanted to let you know that I am officially back from maternity leave and will resume answering media requests for Asheville City Schools. Therefore, if you’ll return to sending them my way as opposed to Dillon’s, I’m sure Dillon would greatly appreciate it.

     

    Now, regarding your most recent request:

     

    By law, certain personnel records are open to public inspection and the statute requires you to maintain a record of the following information for each employee. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-320. These include:

     

    (1) Name.
    (2) Age.
    (3) Date of original employment or appointment.
    (4) The terms of any contract by which the employee is employed whether written or oral, past and current, to the extent that the board has the written contract or a record of the oral contract in its possession.
    (5) Current position.
    (6) Title.
    (7) Current salary.
    (8) Date and amount of each increase or decrease in salary with that local board of education.
    (9) Date and type of each promotion, demotion, transfer, suspension, separation, or other change in position classification with that local board of education.
    (10) Date and general description of the reasons for each promotion with that local board of education.
    (11) Date and type of each dismissal, suspension, or demotion for disciplinary reasons taken by the local board of education. If the disciplinary action was a dismissal, a copy of the written notice of the final decision of the local board education setting forth the specific acts or omissions that are the basis of the dismissal.
    (12) The office or station to which the employee is currently assigned.

     

    As you can see, the educational degrees an employee earns are not included on the list of items open to public inspection; therefore, in response to your request, that is not information we as a district will be able to provide.

     

    Sincerely,

    Ashley-Michelle Thublin, APR
    Asheville City Schools
    Executive Director of Communications
    Twitter: @amthublin
    Cell: (828) 273-2123
    Twitter: @amthublin


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • March 23, 2021 4:57 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 23, 2021, 4:57 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    Thank you so much for reaching out! First and foremost, I wanted to let you know that I am officially back from maternity leave and will resume answering media requests for Asheville City Schools. Therefore, if you’ll return to sending them my way as opposed to Dillon’s, I’m sure Dillon would greatly appreciate it.

     

    Now, regarding your most recent request:

     

    By law, certain personnel records are open to public inspection and the statute requires you to maintain a record of the following information for each employee. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-320. These include:

     

    (1) Name.
    (2) Age.
    (3) Date of original employment or appointment.
    (4) The terms of any contract by which the employee is employed whether written or oral, past and current, to the extent that the board has the written contract or a record of the oral contract in its possession.
    (5) Current position.
    (6) Title.
    (7) Current salary.
    (8) Date and amount of each increase or decrease in salary with that local board of education.
    (9) Date and type of each promotion, demotion, transfer, suspension, separation, or other change in position classification with that local board of education.
    (10) Date and general description of the reasons for each promotion with that local board of education.
    (11) Date and type of each dismissal, suspension, or demotion for disciplinary reasons taken by the local board of education. If the disciplinary action was a dismissal, a copy of the written notice of the final decision of the local board education setting forth the specific acts or omissions that are the basis of the dismissal.
    (12) The office or station to which the employee is currently assigned.

     

    As you can see, the educational degrees an employee earns are not included on the list of items open to public inspection; therefore, in response to your request, that is not information we as a district will be able to provide.

     

    Sincerely,

    Ashley-Michelle Thublin, APR
    Asheville City Schools
    Executive Director of Communications
    Twitter: @amthublin
    Cell: (828) 273-2123
    Twitter: @amthublin


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • March 23, 2021 1:35 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    cc: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 23, 2021, 1:35 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Good afternoon Dillon,

     

    Our apologies for the delayed reply here – thank you for your email!

     

    We will note this information on our site.

     

    However, we do want to ask for some additional clarification:

     

    The request asked for “… the educational degrees attained by all ACS Central Office staff employees (at all levels above Administrative Assistant level). For example – This request would include all Assistant Superintendents, managers, directors, etc. Please include where the degree was obtained, and in what subjects/areas the degree was awarded. Please provide all responsive records as of 01/05/21 (or the date the query is performed).”

     

    We assume, based on your response, that you might be indicating that is not possible to provide that list as requested, and that the requestor will have to search for employees one name at a time via the following link: https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov/datamart/loginNCDPI.do;jsessionid=qe6vGXG1OyheJ4J5z50TBNFxpbi3h31i0AMBC4Hg.i-073bdbd83fe0c5e0c

     

    Or, perhaps there is something about the way the request is written that is not specific enough to be able to fulfill? Please let us know if we’re understanding that correctly.

     

    Alternatively, if it still is possible that you can query this information, and the request is actually being denied – we’d ask that you please cite any specific justification under NC Public Records Law, and we will mark the request as “Completed” at that time.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • February 26, 2021 9:02 am

    1 year ago

    from: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 26, 2021, 9:02 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Hey,

     

    This is NCDPI Online Licensure System. You can type in anyone’s name and their licence/certification. Thank you.

     

    https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov/datamart/loginNCDPI.do;jsessionid=qe6vGXG1OyheJ4J5z50TBNFxpbi3h31i0AMBC4Hg.i-073bdbd83fe0c5e0c

    Dillon Huffman
    Asheville City Schools
    Communication Specialist


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 25, 2021 4:06 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected]
    date: Feb 25, 2021, 4:06 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Good afternoon Ashley,

     

    I’m following up again on this public records request sent on 1/18: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Please confirm that the request has been received on your end, and if / when it will begin being processed. Please provide a timeline or rough estimate as to when the request will be completed, and I will follow up
    around the time you specify.

     

    In any case, I’ll plan to follow up again in early March if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • February 9, 2021 4:28 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 9, 2021, 4:28 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Good afternoon Ashley,

     

    I’m following up on this public records request sent on 1/18.

     

    Please confirm that the request has been received on your end, and if / when it will begin being processed. Please provide a timeline or rough estimate as to when the request will be completed, and I will follow up around the time you specify.

     

    In any case, I’ll plan to follow up again at the end of the month if I have not heard back before then.


    Status: Follow up
  • January 18, 2021 4:04 pm

    1 year ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 18, 2021, 4:04 PM
    subject: Records Request: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Schools,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again later this month if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (January 2021) Request for Asheville City Schools Central Office staff degrees as of 01/05/21

     

    Message: “Hi Asheville, NC City Schools,

     

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

     

    Please provide the educational degrees attained by all ACS Central Office staff employees (at all levels above Administrative Assistant level). For example – This request would include all Assistant Superintendents, managers, directors, etc.

     

    Please include where the degree was obtained, and in what subjects/areas the degree was awarded.

     

    Please provide all responsive records as of 01/05/21 (or the date the query is performed).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    ** 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: Sent to Government
  • January 15, 2021 11:26 am

    1 year ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending