Other (indicate in message) Submitted: March 7, 2024 | Updated: March 13, 2024

(March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

Good evening Dillon, Ashley, Heidi, Dr. Fehrman, (or Custodian(s) of these records),

Please reply promptly to the following multi-part 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 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 already exists). 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. **

The type of basic salary data I’m requesting is simple to provide, is very commonly produced, and is widely considered a matter of public record as part of the public personnel file of school employees. Many NC schools fulfill requests like this via email in 1 week, and in many cases 1 day.

A. Please provide the names and salaries of ALL current Asheville City Schools employees / faculty / staff, as of the present day [on the date the query is performed]. This should also include all members of Central Office staff. Please include the following:

1) Employee first / last name
2) Date of hire
3) Position / title / department
4) Salary [including hourly wage, hourly rate, or salary -- whichever payment structure is applicable to the employee]

Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel or other machine-readable format, if possible.

B. Please provide the electronic copy of Dr. Maggie Fehrman’s current employment contract as Superintendent.

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 clear explanations of 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 to Sender. 03/07/24: The submission(s) above have been revised for clarity. The sender initially indicated that the each employee’s salary data should include a “funding source”. However, this is a bit vague, and we do not think that’s really considered to be a public record easily looked up as part of a standard search for employee salary data.

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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • March 13, 2024 3:35 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    cc: Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, Heidi Kerns <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 13, 2024, 3:35 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

     

    Hi Dr. Dechant,

     

    Thank you very much for your prompt assistance with the request.

     

    I have reviewed the documents provided, and later today I will mark this request as being “Completed” on our website.

     

    Have a great afternoon!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • March 13, 2024 3:28 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, Heidi Kerns <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 13, 2024, 3:28 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

     

    Dear Sunshine Request Representative,

     

    Per your request, I have attached a copy of the current salaries as well as Dr. Fehrman’s contract.

     

    Dr. Kimberly J. Dechant
    Chief of Staff
    Asheville City Schools
    828.545.8564
    828.251.4942 fax
    Follow us:  FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 2 files referenced (“republicrecordsrequest_march2024multipartrequest.zip”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • March 11, 2024 2:09 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    cc: Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, Heidi Kerns <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2024, 2:09 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

     

    Hi Kimberly,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of my request.

     

    I will check in with you again later this month, if I have not heard anything else before then.

     

    Have a great afternoon!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • March 10, 2024 11:13 am

    4 months ago

    from: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, Heidi Kerns <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 10, 2024, 11:13 AM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

     

    Dear Sunshine Request,

     

    I want to acknowledge the receipt of your email/request. Currently, Dr. Mark Dickerson, our Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and Ms. Heidi Kerns, our Chief Financial Officer, are working collaboratively to gather this information for you as quickly as possible.

     

    Thank you,
    Kimberly J. Dechant, Ed.D.
    Chief of Staff
    Asheville City Schools
    828.350.6140 office
    828.251.4942 fax

    https://twitter.com/KimberlyDechant

    Linkedin


     

    On Thu, Mar 7, 2024 at 6:54 PM Mark Dickerson <[email protected]> wrote:

     

    FYI…

     

    Mark Dickerson, Ed.D

    Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

    Asheville City Schools

    Email: mark.dickerson@acsgmail.net

    [email protected].nc.us

    Twitter: @iamDr_D

     

    “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”- John Dewey

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———

    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    Date: Thu, Mar 7, 2024 at 6:52 PM
    Subject: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

    To: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    CC: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>

    Status: Government Processing Request
  • March 7, 2024 7:04 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 7, 2024, 7:04 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

     

    Good evening All,

     

    I just wanted to note that the email address for Dillon Huffman has returned a “bounceback” notice to me just not that says “… Your message wasn’t delivered to [email protected] because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.”

     

    This usually indicates that the email address no longer exists, there’s a server issue, full mailbox, or some other issue that needs to be resolved.

     

    I just want to make sure you’re aware of the issue.

     

    Thank you.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Sent to Government
  • March 7, 2024 6:51 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Mail Delivery Subsystem <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 7, 2024, 6:52 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 c2-20020a6566c2000000b005defc2d2159sor7546701pgw.2 – gsmtp

     

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    To: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    Cc: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>, [email protected][email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>
    Bcc:
    Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2024 18:51:45 -0500
    Subject: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.
    —– Message truncated —–


     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>
    cc: Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 7, 2024, 6:51 PM
    subject: Public records request. (March 2024) Multi-part request for Asheville City Schools, NC: List of all current employees and salaries. And Dr. Fehrman’s current employment contract. As of the present day.

     

    Good evening Dillon, Ashley, Heidi, Dr. Fehrman, (or Custodian(s) of these records),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following multi-part 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 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 already exists). 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. **

     

    The type of basic salary data I’m requesting is simple to provide, is very commonly produced, and is widely considered a matter of public record as part of the public personnel file of school employees. Many NC schools fulfill requests like this via email in 1 week, and in many cases 1 day.

     

    A. Please provide the names and salaries of ALL current Asheville City Schools employees / faculty / staff, as of the present day [on the date the query is performed]. This should also include all members of Central Office staff. Please include the following:

     

    1) Employee first / last name

    2) Date of hire

    3) Position / title / department

    4) Salary [including hourly wage, hourly rate, or salary — whichever payment structure is applicable to the employee]

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel or other machine-readable format, if possible.

     

    B. Please provide the electronic copy of Dr. Maggie Fehrman’s current employment contract as Superintendent.

     

    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 clear explanations of 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
  • March 7, 2024 6:35 pm

    4 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending