Other (indicate in message) Submitted: March 5, 2021 | Updated: September 10, 2021

(March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

Hello Asheville, NC City Schools (Public Records Officer and/or IT Department),

I'd like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information as relates to Superintendent Dr. Gene Freeman:

1. Please provide Mr. Freeman's internet Search History from August 01, 2020 to March 01, 2021.
- System Restore / DNS Cache sufficient.

2. Please provide Mr. Freeman's internet Websites visited from August 2020 to March 01, 2021.
- Again, via System Restore / DNS Cache.

3. Please provide all of Mr. Freeman's "Sent" emails from August 01, 2020 to March 01, 2021

Thank you for your assistance!
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[Editor’s Note to ACS: We acknowledge that the scope of this request is quite large, and could take a while to fulfill. If possible, please provide some indication of an approximate timeline for completion, and we will wait to follow up again until the time period you specify.

Additionally – we’d ask that for all “communications” (emails, texts, etc) type of requests, that you please provide all .pdfs, files, attachments, videos, hyperlinks, etc. that are indicated within the responsive records. For example: A .pdf that is an attachment within an email, should also be provided as a document along with the responsive emails.

Please include all of those additional documents where applicable, as relates to the requested information above.

If the records are ultimately too large to send via emailed file share, we’d ask that you please create a public Google Drive folder / link or some other file format to transfer the files. Thank you for your help!]

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 Denied Request

Activity:

  • September 10, 2021 1:40 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>,
    [email protected],
    [email protected]
    date: Sep 10, 2021, 1:40 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Schools,

     

    This is our fifth attempt to follow up on this request that was sent in on 3/15:
    (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    For now, we’re going to mark this request as denied, and if you wish to respond / complete the request at some point, we’ll be happy to reopen at that time. Should the original sender wish to to submit a new request through our website they are encouraged to do so.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Government Denied Request
  • August 20, 2021 3:52 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>,
    [email protected],
    [email protected]
    date: Aug 20, 2021, 3:52 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Ashley,

     

    Following up a 4th time on this. Please let me know if there is a more appropriate email contact to handle public record requests that relate to ACS.

     

    I am aware of what you’ve cited about creating records that don’t exist:

     

    “(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a public agency to respond to a request for a copy of a public record by creating or compiling a record that does not exist. If a public agency, as a service to the requester, voluntarily elects to create or compile a record, it may negotiate a reasonable charge for the service with the requester. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a public agency to put into electronic medium a record that is not kept in electronic medium. (1995, c. 388, s. 3; 2004-129, s. 38.)” https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bysection/chapter_132/gs_132-6.2.html

     

    However, for things like all “sent emails” from a specific employee as requested in Item #3 above, this does already exist in an electronic medium by nature of being an email. Are you saying that this record cannot be produced? And if not, can you please cite that exemption under NC Public Records law and a reason for the denial?

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • July 27, 2021 1:29 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 27, 2021, 1:29 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Hi Ashley,

     

    Hope you’ve been well. Checking in on this again for the third time. Please let me know if there is a more appropriate email contact to handle public record requests that relate to ACS.

     

    I am aware of what you’ve cited about creating records that don’t exist:

     

    “(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a public agency to respond to a request for a copy of a public record by creating or compiling a record that does not exist. If a public agency, as a service to the requester, voluntarily elects to create or compile a record, it may negotiate a reasonable charge for the service with the requester. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a public agency to put into electronic medium a record that is not kept in electronic medium. (1995, c. 388, s. 3; 2004-129, s. 38.)” https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bysection/chapter_132/gs_132-6.2.html

     

    However, for things like all “sent emails” from a specific employee as requested in Item #3 above, this does already exist in an electronic medium by nature of being an email. Are you saying that this record cannot be produced? And if not, can you please cite that exemption under NC Public Records law and a reason for the denial?

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • June 11, 2021 4:42 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 11, 2021, 4:42 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Ashley,

     

    Upon reviewing the request and your reply, I need some clarification on which items from this request cannot be completed? The request asks for the following:

     

    “1. Please provide Mr. Freeman’s internet Search History from August 01, 2020 to March 01, 2021.
    – System Restore / DNS Cache sufficient.

     

    2. Please provide Mr. Freeman’s internet Websites visited from August 2020 to March 01, 2021.
    – Again, via System Restore / DNS Cache.

     

    3. Please provide all of Mr. Freeman’s “Sent” emails from August 01, 2020 to March 01, 2021″

     

    Are you saying that all 3 of these items are unable to be completed due to G.S. § 132-6.2(e)?

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • June 11, 2021 4:29 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 11, 2021, 4:29 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Ashley,

     

    Thank you so much for your reply! I will mark this request as completed.

     

    Have a great weekend.


    Status: Completed
  • June 10, 2021 5:16 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 10, 2021, 5:16 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good Afternoon,

     

    The public records law G.S. § 132-6.2(e) provides that a public agency need not “respond to a request for a copy of a public record by creating or compiling a record that does not exist.” Such a request would require the creation of new records that do not otherwise exist.


    Ashley-Michelle Thublin, APR
    Asheville City Schools
    Executive Director of Communications

    Twitter: @amthublin
    Cell: (828) 273-2123


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • June 10, 2021 4:51 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 10, 2021, 4:51 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Ashley (and Dillon CC’d),

     

    Hope you’ve been well.

     

    We are aware from previous correspondence that you’ve asked us not to CC Dillon on any emails, but since we haven’t heard from you on any of our submitted requests for some time now, we are trying to determine who is the appropriate contact for public record requests.

     

    This is our 4th attempt to follow up on this request to confirm it has been received since it was submitted on 3/15/21: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    If we do not hear back on this request by the end of the month, we’re going to mark as denied, and should you wish to respond at some point or would like to complete the request, we’ll be happy to reopen at that time.

     

    Thank you for all your assistance!


    Status: Follow up
  • May 20, 2021 4:42 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: May 20, 2021, 4:42 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Schools,

     

    Wanted to follow up to apologize for the typo in our previous message. It should say this request was originally sent in on “March 15th, 2021”.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • May 14, 2021 4:13 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: May 14, 2021, 4:13 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Schools,

     

    Hope you’ve been well!

     

    We are following up a third time on this request that was sent in on March 15th, 2020: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    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 the interest of getting the request completed on our site for the original requester, we will mark the request as “Denied” if we haven’t heard back by the end of this month. If you wish to reply or complete the request at any point after we’ve marked it as denied, we’ll be happy to reopen it on our site at that time.

     

    Thank you!


    Status: Follow up
  • April 26, 2021 4:23 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 26, 2021, 4:23 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Schools,

     

    I’m following up on this public records request sent on 3/15: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    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 mid-May if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!


    Status: Follow up
  • April 2, 2021 4:52 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 2, 2021, 4:52 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Good afternoon Asheville City Schools,

     

    I’m following up on this public records request sent on 3/15: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    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 mid-April if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!


    Status: Follow up
  • March 15, 2021 4:46 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 15, 2021, 4:46 PM
    subject: Records Request: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    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 at the end of the month if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (March 2021) Request for Asheville, NC City Schools Superintendent internet search history/websites and sent emails 08/01/20-03/01/21

     

    Message: “Hello Asheville, NC City Schools (Public Records Officer and/or IT Department),

     

    I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information as relates to Superintendent Dr. Gene Freeman:

     

    1. Please provide Mr. Freeman’s internet Search History from August 01, 2020 to March 01, 2021.
    – System Restore / DNS Cache sufficient.

     

    2. Please provide Mr. Freeman’s internet Websites visited from August 2020 to March 01, 2021.
    – Again, via System Restore / DNS Cache.

     

    3. Please provide all of Mr. Freeman’s “Sent” emails from August 01, 2020 to March 01, 2021

     

    Thank you for your assistance!
    ——-

     

    [Editor’s Note to ACS: We acknowledge that the scope of this request is quite large, and could take a while to fulfill. If possible, please provide some indication of an approximate timeline for completion, and we will wait to follow up again until the time period you specify.

     

    Additionally – we’d ask that for all “communications” (emails, texts, etc) type of requests, that you please provide all .pdfs, files, attachments, videos, hyperlinks, etc. that are indicated within the responsive records. For example: A .pdf that is an attachment within an email, should also be provided as a document along with the responsive emails.

     

    Please include all of those additional documents where applicable, as relates to the requested information above.

     

    If the records are ultimately too large to send via emailed file share, we’d ask that you please create a public Google Drive folder / link or some other file format to transfer the files. Thank you for your help!]”

     

    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
  • March 5, 2021 6:11 pm

    7 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending