Other (indicate in message) Submitted: March 11, 2024 | Updated: April 23, 2024

(March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

Good afternoon Dr. Dechant, Dillon, Ashley, Dr. Fehrman, Dr. Dickerson, George, (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 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. **

If such a record exists –
Please provide all communication, text and emails sent between Central Office and the ACS Board, during the period of January 01, 2024 through February 20, 2024. Specifically, I’m only requesting communications related to the Montford Star Academy.

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 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.

Status: Response Received from Government

Activity:

  • April 23, 2024 2:15 pm

    6 hours ago

    from: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected],
    Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    date: Apr 23, 2024, 2:15 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    Dear Sunshine Request Representative,

     

    Below you will find the file of emails per your request for all communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24. The search included the following keywords: Montford, MNSA, and Northstar.
    2. Board to CO re Montford-20240423T180724Z-001.zip
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kimberly J. Dechant
    Chief of Staff
    Asheville City Schools
    828.545.8564
    828.251.4942 fax

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file “2.-Board-to-CO-re-Montford-20240423T180724Z-001.zip” at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • April 11, 2024 3:43 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    date: Apr 11, 2024, 3:43 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    Hi Kim,

     

    Thank you for your response.

     

    I do not have additional information I wish to provide in order to narrow my request. As indicated when I submitted the request on March 11, I’ve asked for the following:

     

    “Please provide all communication, text and emails sent between Central Office and the ACS Board, during the period of January 01, 2024 through February 20, 2024. Specifically, I’m only requesting communications related to the Montford Star Academy. 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).”

     

    It has been one month since the request was submitted, and you have indicated today that there are 150 documents to review and redact. I do not believe my request is unreasonable, and I understand if you need some time to process and complete it. That is fine with me. Thank you for indicating it will take “weeks” to fulfill. In this case, I will wait to follow up with you again until late May (if I don’t hear anything else before then).

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • April 11, 2024 3:30 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    date: Apr 11, 2024, 3:30 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    Dear Sunshine Request Team,

     

    We have received your request for “all communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy from 01/01/24 to 02/20/24.” Based on this broad request, there are over 150 documents that must be reviewed prior to this information being released in order to protect confidential student and staff information. The document review will take weeks for us to complete.

     

    In order to provide a more timely response to your request, we ask that you provide a more narrow request or give us a call to further discuss.

     

    Respectfully,

     

    Dr. Kimberly J. Dechant
    Chief of Staff
    Asheville City Schools
    828.545.8564
    828.251.4942 fax
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    Status: Clarification Requested
  • April 11, 2024 1:39 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    date: Apr 11, 2024, 1:39 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    Good afternoon Kim,

     

    I hope you’ve been well and are having a good month so far.

     

    In regard to my public records request:
    (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    I understand if you’re still working on the request. I just wanted to ask if you can provide a status update or anticipated timeline for the request’s completion?

     

    I’ll wait to follow up again around the time period you specify.

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Follow up
  • March 12, 2024 11:35 am

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    date: Mar 12, 2024, 11:35 AM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    Hi Kim,

     

    Thank you for confirming receipt of my request.

     

    I’ll check in again early next month, if I don’t hear anything else before then.
    ———

     

    Noted re: Dillon and Ashley. I’ll remove them moving forward.

     

    I would just like to note that Dillon is currently listed on ACS’s website as your “Public Information Officer”, so I’d recommend updating that info at some point soon. https://www.ashevillecityschools.net/domain/138

     

    Thank you for your help.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • March 11, 2024 11:49 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>, Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>, [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    date: Mar 11, 2024, 11:49 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    Dear Sunshine Request Representative,

     

    Please let this email serve as a notice that we have received your request. I ask that you remove Dillon Huffman and Ashley Thublin from your contact list as they are no longer employees of Asheville City Schools.

     

    Thank you,
    Kim

     

    Dr. Kimberly J. Dechant
    Chief of Staff
    Asheville City Schools
    828.545.8564
    828.251.4942 fax
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    Status: Government Processing Request
  • March 11, 2024 5:19 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Mail Delivery Subsystem <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2024, 5:19 PM
    subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

     

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

     

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    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 lt4-20020a17090b354400b0029c0df1488bsor1146674pjb.4 – gsmtp

     

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    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    To: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    Cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>, Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>, [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, [email protected]
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    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kimberly Dechant <[email protected]>
    cc: Dillon Huffman <[email protected]>, Ashley Thublin <[email protected]>, [email protected], Mark Dickerson <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    date: Mar 11, 2024, 5:19 PM
    subject: Public records request. (March 2024) Request for Asheville City Schools, NC: All communications between Central Office and ACS Board related to Montford Star Academy. 01/01/24 – 02/20/24.

     

    Good afternoon Dr. Dechant, Dillon, Ashley, Dr. Fehrman, Dr. Dickerson, George, (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 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. **

     

    If such a record exists –
    Please provide all communication, text and emails sent between Central Office and the ACS Board, during the period of January 01, 2024 through February 20, 2024. Specifically, I’m only requesting communications related to the Montford Star Academy.

     

    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 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 11, 2024 5:11 pm

    1 month ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending