Other (indicate in message) Submitted: May 2, 2023 | Updated: May 2, 2023

[See Editor’s Note] (May 2023) Submission related to “Jackson Co NC Principal licensure status links. JCPS Nc”

Date sent in to Sunshine: 04/23/23

Original Subject:
Jackson Co NC Principal licensure status links. JCPS Nc

Original Message:
In the exchange from April 3~April 23 on the sunshine request website two links were provided by Dr. Dana Ayers regarding principal licensure status at each of the nine schools.
A dead timed out link was provided.
We request an updated live link. Parents and the community have the right to know if an unlicensed principal was or is running a school.
We appreciate your help. We seek transparency, not dead web links.
Thank you.

Government Entity:
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Start Date / End Date:
May 25, 2021 - April 23, 2023

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Editor’s Note 05/02/23: The submission above has been marked as “Completed.” As written, it is unclear what specific public records the sender would like to receive.

On April 04, we sent (and on April 18 we fulfilled) a request to JCPS for “Grades 9-12, Principal licensure status info 07/01/21 – 03/23/23. And School Board ethics policies 03/01/21 – 03/25/23.”  Please review all responsive records, and any follow up info we requested from Dr. Ayers, at the following URL:


You can see where we requested various points of clarification from Dr. Ayers, and were provide with several explanations / links. For example:

– “Board of Education policies”. https://boardpolicyonline.com/bl/?b=jackson

– “Access to a license for any NC certified position”. https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov/datamart/searchByNameNCDPI.do

Although there was originally a “30 minute timeout limit” on the datamart link we received, we think this was just an error or technical oversight on Dr. Ayers’ part. We’ve realized since then, that even if you click on the link and there’s a “timeout error” on the page… it does seem to resolve itself and it goes away after refreshing the page a couple of times, waiting a few minutes to click the link again, clearing your browser cache, etc. As best we can tell, the timeout issue seems to just be a temporary quirk, and it can be overridden. We’d recommend that the sender tries following those steps.

Dr. Ayer’s licensure status can also be found on this page: https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov/datamart/details.do?selector=false&selectorType=&selectorReturnUrl=&anchor=e566802.6.1

It’s also possible to receive the same info Dr. Ayers was referring to, by clicking the datamart link, then “Main Menu”, which will take you to this page: https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov/datamart/loginNCDPI.do

You can then click “verify a license” to see the responsive info, and it takes you to this page: https://vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov/datamart/selSearchTypeNCDPI.do?from=loginPage

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Status: Completed


  • May 2, 2023 5:30 pm

    1 year ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending