Other (indicate in message) Submitted: February 6, 2024 | Updated: February 6, 2024

[See Editor’s Note] (February 2024) Submission related to “Rutherford County (NC) Sheriff” and “School Resource officers”

Date sent in to Sunshine: 01/16/24

Original Subject:
Rutherford County Sheriff Aaron Ellenburg Scales back School Resource officers

Original Message:
On the advice of then Sheriff Francis, the Rutherford County School Board voted in 2022 for an official school policy to place School Resource officers in all district schools.
As reported by WLOS on November 21, 2023, Rutherford County Schools had a reduction in the number of School Resource Officers after Sheriff Ellenburg SRO officers left their positions and the Rutherford County school system received notice of loss of supplement State SRO Grant Funding starting in October 2024.
See the WLOS Link below-

https://wlos.com/amp/news/local/rutherford-county-schools-scales-back-school-resource-officers-as-grant-funding-nears-end-rutherford-county-sheriffs-supportive-services-capt-brian-gooch

What isn’t clearly known is who made the decision not to continue to have a full coverage of School Resource officers for the current school year even though there is FULL funding in place in the current budget for all School Resource Officers district school positions for the current school calendar year.
Question among the community - Was it the Rutherford Sheriff office under Sheriff Ellenburg or Rutherford County Schools that decided not to place SROs in all district schools for the current school year?

(Unless otherwise stated, the time for the public records request on emails and texts mentioned below is for the time period of 12/05/22 to 01/15/24.)

This is a public records request to the office of Sherrif Ellenburg, Rutherford County Schools NC, Rutherford County for public records –
1. All Emails and text messages between Capt. Brian Gooch and Sheriff Aaron Ellenburg regarding Rutherford County Schools, School Resource Officers, SRO.
2. All Emails and text messages between Capt. Brian Gooch and Chief Deputy Greenway regarding Rutherford County Schools, School Resource Officers, SRO.
3. All Emails and text messages between Chief Deputy Greenway and Sheriff Aaron Ellenburg regarding Rutherford County Schools, School Resource Officers, SRO.
4. All Email and text messages between School Resource Offices employed by Sheriff Ellenburg.
5. All Emails between Rutherford County Schools Administration Staff, including School Principals, and the office of the Sherrif regarding School Resource Officers, SRO.
6. All emails between the Rutherford County School Board and the Rutherford County Schools administration staff, including school principals, regarding School Resource officers, SRO.
7. All emails and text messages between Rutherford County School Board members regarding School Resource Officers.
8. All emails and text messages between Sheriff consultant Brandon McGaha and any member of the Rutherford County Office of the Sheriff regarding these items - School Resource Officers, SRO, School Board, Commissioners. His address is [email protected]
9. All emails between Rutherford County School Board members and the Rutherford County Schools administration staff, including school principals, regarding School Resource Officers.
10. A copy of any Rutherford Schools Budget amendments or line-item budget transactions moving funding in the original RCS budget for SRO’s to another line item in the Rutherford County School budget.
11. A copy of the Rutherford County School board minutes in 2022 where the Rutherford County school board voted to expand SRO’s to all elementary schools.
12. A copy of all budget transactions in the current Rutherford County Schools budget regarding school resource officers.
13. A copy of all budget transactions with the Rutherford County Sheriff Office regarding school resource officers from 01/01/22 to 01/15/24
14. A copy of all emails between the office of the sheriff and the public charter schools regarding school resource officers. The charter schools are Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and Lake Lure Classical Academy
15. A list of all budget line items in the RCS budget that received previously allocated funds for SRO officers for the current budget year.
16. A copy of the notice that the state funding for SRO officers has been reduced starting in October 2024.
17. All three of Aaron Ellensburg’s email addresses are to be used to fulfill the public records request for Sheriff Aaron Ellenburg in this public records request document they are
A. [email protected] ,
B. [email protected]
C. [email protected]

Unless otherwise stated, the time for the public records request on emails and texts mentioned above is for the time period of 12/05/22 to 01/15/24.

Government Entity:
Other (indicate in message)

Start Date / End Date:
December 05, 2022 - January 15, 2024

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** The submission above has been marked as “Completed”. As written, it is unclear what specific, searchable public records the sender would like to receive, or to what specific Government agency the request should be addressed. As a whole, we find the request to be unclear and overly broad.

This is not a comprehensive list of all possible revisions, but we’ve clarified just a few points that should be revised:

1. This seems to be multiple requests, as well as general information type questions, for many different entities (Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Rutherford County Government, Rutherford County Schools and Rutherford County School Board, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Lake Lure Classical Academy) to address.

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Clarifying this info will help to greatly narrow the scope of the request(s), and will also reduce the amount of time it takes the Disclosing Agency (as well as our team) to process the request.

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We don’t know how many records a request like this would potentially include — but since the various communications you’re seeking cover a 1+ year period, and they aren’t all subject matter or keyword specific, as it’s written we find the request to be overly broad.

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3. The sender indicated the “Start / End date” for some of responsive records should be December 05, 2022 – January 15, 2024 unless otherwise specified. However, several parts of the request’s Message indicate varying entities, record types, periods of time, or no time period at all. Just to list only a few examples:

– “A copy of all budget transactions in the current Rutherford County Schools budget regarding school resource officers.”
“A copy of all budget transactions with the Rutherford County Sheriff Office regarding school resource officers from 01/01/22 to 01/15/24”.

It is unclear what “budget transactions” refers to — are you looking for salaries that have been paid to all SRO’s during a specific time period? A copy of the current budget for SRO’s for the Sherrif’s Office, or for Rutherford County Schools? etc. And, to what entity would a request like this be addressed?

– What specific time period would “a copy of the notice that the state funding for SRO officers has been reduced starting in October 2024″ cover? And, to what entity would a request like this be addressed?

– Similarly. “A list of all budget line items in the RCS budget that received previously allocated funds for SRO officers for the current budget year.” What specific time period should this cover?


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  • February 6, 2024 12:57 pm

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