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April 17, 2024

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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
April 16, 2024

            Administrators at the Upper Perkiomen School District requested 30 additional days to respond to a Right to Know Request from the Town and Country newspaper related to last month's network outage. However, the newspaper's request has been deemed denied by operation of law because the school erred in its response, according to Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

            She said last week that the district's April 11 response to a request for information regarding its arrangement with a Chester County law firm, did not follow conditions of the Right to Know Law. According to Melewsky, the district's deadline to respond was April 9, five full business days after the request was emailed to the Right to Know Officer via an email address identified on its website.

            On April 1, the newspaper submitted a Right to Know Request asking for a copy of the district's engagement letter with Mullen Coughlin, LLC, authorized at a public meeting on March 28, along with any emails, and all other correspondence, between school board members or the superintendent and representatives from the Devon firm between March 12 and April 1 and any 2024 invoices from the agency to the school district and any payments made from the school district to it.

            Kristal Bitner, UPSD's open records officer, disputed the newspaper's assertion.  In an email message received April 11, she wrote that a 30-day notice of extension to provide the information presented by the district is timely. It states that Bitner was out of the office and did not receive the request until returning April 4, and there has not been a deemed denial. The district is actively working on the request and will provide a final response on or before May 13, according to her email.

            The timing issue can ultimately only be determined by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. According to Melewsky, the law shouldn't go on hold because the RTK officer is out of the office. She wrote ...



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