Requests are handled according to the timeline set forth by law. The Freedom of Information Officer shall approve all requests for public records unless: 1. The requested material does not exist; 2. The requested material is exempt (as defined 5 ILS 140/7 and 140/7.50) from inspection and copying by the Freedom of Information Act; or 3. Complying with the request would be unduly burdensome.
What is the timeline for responses?
Within 5 business days after receipt of a request for access to a public record, the Freedom of Information Officer shall comply with or deny the request, unless the time for response is extended as specified in Section 3 of FOIA. The Freedom of Information Officer may extend the time for a response for up to 5 business days from the original due date. If an extension is needed, the Freedom of Information Officer shall: (1) notify the person making the request of the reason for the extension, and (2) either inform the person of the date on which a response will be made, or agree with the person in writing on a compliance period. The time periods are extended for responding to requests for records made for a commercial purpose, requests by a recurrent requester, or voluminous requests, as those terms are defined in Section 2 of FOIA. The time periods for responding to those requests are governed by Sections 3.1, 3.2, and 3.6 of FOIA.When responding to a request for a record containing both exempt and non-exempt material, the Freedom of Information Officer shall redact exempt material from the record before complying with the request.
Are fees charged?
Persons making a request for copies of public records must pay any and all applicable fees. The Freedom of Information Officer shall establish a fee schedule that complies with FOIA and this policy and is subject to the Board’s review. The fee schedule shall include copying fees and all other fees to the maximum extent they are permitted by FOIA, including without limitation, search and review fees for responding to a request for a commercial purpose and fees, costs, and personnel hours in connection with responding to a voluminous request. Copies of the first 50 pages (black and white, letter/ legal size) of requested information are free; any additional pages cost 10 cents per page for black and white, 15 cents per page for color. If electronic copies are requested, the actual cost of the recording medium may be charged, unless the records must be scanned in which case the District may consider any requested waiver or reduction in fee.
Is a reason for the request needed?
Individuals making a request are not required to state a reason for the request other than to identify when the request is for a commercial purpose or when requesting a fee waiver.
The District’s public records are defined as records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary material pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under the control of the School District.
District 64 is an elementary school district serving students in Park Ridge and a portion of Niles. The District employs more than 600 staff members who provide a rich academic program and positive learning environment for approximately 4,600 students. The District operates five elementary schools for grades K-5: Carpenter, Field, Franklin, Roosevelt and Washington; two middle schools for grades 6-8: Emerson and Lincoln; and an early childhood center at Jefferson School.
Submitting a FOIA Request
FOIA requests may be submitted to any of these FOIA Officers:
- Dr. Joel T. Martin, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 847-318-4305
- Alicia Schmeisser, Director of Student Services, 847-318-4332
Please submit FOIA requests in writing by email, personal delivery, fax, or mail to:
Park Ridge-Niles School District 64
8182 Greendale Avenue
Phone: 847-318-4300 Fax: 847-318-4351
Office hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except for holidays.
Summer hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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