Other (indicate in message) Submitted: May 29, 2024 | Updated: June 5, 2024

(May 2024) Request for Buncombe County, NC Schools: List of all employees, pay, and benefits for 2023 – 2024 school year.

Good evening Ken, Kimberly, Tina, (or 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

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 employees. Many NC entities fulfill requests like this via email in 1 week, and in many cases 1 day. You’ve also fulfilled a similar request like this for me before.

Please provide a list of all Buncombe County Schools employees and their salaries or pay, during the 2023-2024 school year specifically. This should include all salaried, full-time, part-time, and any contracted, employees. Please include the following:

1) Employee first / last name
2) Position / title / department
3) First date of hire with BCS
4) Annual Salary, and Benefits Given. [This should include their hourly wage, 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 any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.

** 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. **
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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: Completed

Activity:

  • June 5, 2024 4:41 pm

    6 days ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kenneth Ulmer <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 5, 2024, 4:41 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (May 2024) Request for Buncombe County, NC Schools: List of all employees, pay, and benefits for 2023 – 2024 school year.

     

    Hi Ken,

     

    Excellent. Thank you for clarifying!

     

    Later this evening, or early tomorrow, I will mark this request as “Completed” on our website.

     

    Thanks for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • June 5, 2024 4:39 pm

    6 days ago

    from: Kenneth Ulmer <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 5, 2024, 4:39 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (May 2024) Request for Buncombe County, NC Schools: List of all employees, pay, and benefits for 2023 – 2024 school year.

     

    Good afternoon! Yes, #4 info is included in column #7. And my apologies – the footer is incorrect. This is most current Human Resources report from January 2024, for the 23-24 school year.

     

    Thank you so much!
    -ken


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • June 5, 2024 3:25 pm

    6 days ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Kenneth Ulmer <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 5, 2024, 3:25 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (May 2024) Request for Buncombe County, NC Schools: List of all employees, pay, and benefits for 2023 – 2024 school year.

     

    Hi Ken,

     

    My apologies for the delay.

     

    Thank you for your message on 05/30. I reviewed the file you sent — however, I’d like to ask for some additional clarification. My request asked for:

     

    Please provide a list of all Buncombe County Schools employees and their salaries or pay, during the 2023-2024 school year specifically. This should include all salaried, full-time, part-time, and any contracted employees. Please include the following:

     

    1) Employee first / last name
    2) Position / title / department
    3) First date of hire with BCS
    4) Annual Salary, and Benefits Given. [This should include their hourly wage, rate, or salary — whichever payment structure is applicable to the employee].

     

    – I assume the items I requested in #4 are satisfied by Column #7 (“2023 Salary”) on the document you sent. Can you please confirm though whether “all benefits given” to the employee were included in the overall salary total?

     

    – The document you sent has headings indicating that all 105 pages are just for “January 2023”. Can you please clarify whether the document is actually meant to cover all of the 2023 / 2024 school year as I requested? Or, is there perhaps another file you meant to send for 2024?

     

    Thank you for your help!

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • May 30, 2024 1:49 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Kenneth Ulmer <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: May 30, 2024, 1:49 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (May 2024) Request for Buncombe County, NC Schools: List of all employees, pay, and benefits for 2023 – 2024 school year.

     

    Good afternoon! The requested records are attached. Have a great evening!
    -ken

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see the 1 file referenced (“BCS staff list for public records.pdf”) at top left in our Documents section.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • May 29, 2024 4:33 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Kenneth Ulmer <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: May 29, 2024, 4:33 PM
    subject: Re: Public records request. (May 2024) Request for Buncombe County, NC Schools: List of all employees, pay, and benefits for 2023 – 2024 school year.

     

    Thank you. Your request has been received and will be processed. Have a good evening!
    -ken


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • May 29, 2024 4:27 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: May 29, 2024, 4:27 PM
    subject: Public records request. (May 2024) Request for Buncombe County, NC Schools: List of all employees, pay, and benefits for 2023 – 2024 school year.

     

    Good evening Ken, Kimberly, Tina, (or 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

     

    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 employees. Many NC entities fulfill requests like this via email in 1 week, and in many cases 1 day. You’ve also fulfilled a similar request like this for me before.

     

    Please provide a list of all Buncombe County Schools employees and their salaries or pay, during the 2023-2024 school year specifically. This should include all salaried, full-time, part-time, and any contracted, employees. Please include the following:

     

    1) Employee first / last name
    2) Position / title / department
    3) First date of hire with BCS
    4) Annual Salary, and Benefits Given. [This should include their hourly wage, 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 any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.

     

    ** 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. **
    ————————————

     

    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
  • May 29, 2024 4:26 pm

    1 week ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending