Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Officer
Dana F. Kinley, Assistant Superintendent 
211 West State Street,  Jacksonville, IL  62650
Phone: (217) 243-9411  Fax: (217) 243-6844  Email: dkinley@jsd117.org


Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/1.

It is the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.  Further information about FOIA may be accessed at http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/default.aspx.


Jacksonville School Board Policy - Access to Public Records

Board Policy 2.250 may be accessed online.


Requests for Information Under FOIA

Requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act may be submitted to the FOIA Officer, Dana F. Kinley.  Each request must be submitted in writing via mail, fax, email, or in person at the address listed above and include the information contained in the online FOIA Form.  


 

FY 2018
Log of Requests for Public Information  

Log #

Date Received

Requester

Organization

Requests

Correspondence

Information Provided

18-15 Original - April 18, 2018 and Amended - April, 24, 2018  Jered Piepenbrink  Occupational Employment Statistics Manager/
Illinois Department of Employment Security/
Economic Information and Analysis 
 Original Request (dated April 18, 2018): Copies of public records that include job titles, wages (hourly or salary), department, and hours worked (if part time) of all employees of Jacksonville School District 117 listed on the Quarterly Contribution report for the payroll that included November 12, 2017.

Based on that report, this list should have around 653 employees. Teachers should be reported by both grade level and whether or not they teach special education. For example, elementary teachers, kindergarten teachers, and high school special education teachers should all be reported as different occupations. We are not requesting names, SSNs or any other personal information.

Amended Request (dated April 24, 2018): To clarify everything with the Occupational Employment Report. Per our discussion, we would like to add a couple things to our request in order to clearly define the job titles of the school district. We would also like to include the names and work locations of all employees. With the names we can clearly define what the primary job each individual is working in the case where they are working more than one. With locations, we can clarify if a teacher is working at the elementary, middle school, or high school level.
 Email  Yes, via email on April 24, 2018 (5 day extension requested)

Response to Original and Amended Request on April 27, 2018
18-14 April 24, 2018   Kaite Rose Broadhurst  Tuscany Strategy Consulting, LLC  The Contract and/or Vendor Services Agreement, including the budget breakdown (standard fee schedule and/or pricing schedule) between Spiceworks and Jacksonville School District 117 for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years.
Invoices received from Spiceworks for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years.
We are seeking this information as a component of research we are conducting on the uniformity of public-private educational partnerships across states with a goal of benefiting public school districts. I would be happy to discuss our goals in more detail. The document in question should be located within either your office or the Office of Finance.
 Email Yes, via email on April 27, 2018
18-13  April 5, 2018  Ivan Parfenoff
 

Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley



 Shriver Center  A. How many School Resource Officers are employed in your school district?
B. Please provide the Memorandum of Understanding or any agreement that you have with the police department that provides you with a School Resource Officer.

Email  Yes, via email on April 9, 2018
18-12 February 6, 2018 WSPY News WSPY News

WSPY makes the following FOIA request for copies of the following documents:

1. Resume submitted by Kevin Lipke for employment.

2. Application submitted by Kevin Lipke for employment.

3. Letters of reference submitted by Kevin Lipke for employment.

WSPY makes the following FOIA request for copies of the following documents:

1. Resignation letter of Kevin Lipke.

2. Termination letter of Kevin Lipke

3. Any correspondence between the school district and Kevin Lipke regarding termination or resignation of employment.

WSPY makes the following FOIA request for copies of the following documents:

1. Any complaints made about Kevin Lipke's conduct with children made by staff of the school district.

2. Any complaints made about Kevin Lipkes conduct with children made by parents, children, or the public.

Email Yes, via email on February 13, 2018
18-11  January 31, 2018  Jim Tyrrell Prairie State Wire I am writing you on behalf of LocalLabs which is the publisher of Prairie State Wire, an online publication that reports on and informs the Illinois public about local government activities.

We are requesting copies of any current collective bargaining agreement between Jacksonville School District 117 and any organized labor collective bargaining unit, and if there is no collective bargaining agreement in place, a copy of the last expired agreement.

Additionally, we are requesting electronic (preferably non-PDF such as CSV, Excel, Txt) data with the following data points for all employees of Jacksonville School District 117 represented by any organized labor collective bargaining unit.

- First name.

- Middle name or initial.

- Last name.

- Department.

- Job title.

- Organized labor collective bargaining unit name.

- Government email address.

- School name.

- Salary.

Email  Yes, via email on February 6, 2018
18-10 January 22, 2018  Nathan Mihelich  Illinois Retired Teachers Association Records Requested:  Please provide the name and email address of all teachers or administrators who are retiring in 2018. Email Yes, via email on January 26, 2018
18-09 January 10, 2018  Faithe Avowlanou   Base on the Right of Request of Information Act, I hereby
requesting all emails communications and reporting concerning accident or
spider bite on Jacksonville, IL
premises on October 26th 2017.
In Person and Phone  Yes, documents picked up at Central Office
18-08 December 21, 2017 Katherine Baker Parent's Foundation for Education An excel spreadsheet containing the following information for every teacher and staff member (employee) currently employed in Jacksonville SD 117. Please organize this information in the following manner:
  • Campus (or office building name, for staff)
  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Position
  • Grade Level(for teachers)
  • Subject Area taught (for teachers)
  • Certified in Area of Instruction (for teachers)
  • Any state certifications such as "LBS1, LBS2, ELL, etc."
  • Home Address
  • School Email
  • Personal Email
  • Personal Phone Number
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Hire Date
  • Years of Experience
  • Current Salary

If you have any questions about any of the data requested above, please feel free to reach out to me at katherine@parents.foundation, or call (512) 580-7117 for more immediate assistance. In particular, it may be easier to send multiple excel spreadsheets containing different data categories.

Email  Yes, via email on 12/21/17
18-07  November 14, 2017 Jacqueline Sessa

 Onvia Onvia is submitting a public records request to Jacksonville School District No. 117. Can you please provide contract award information for the following solicitation in the blank cells below and also provide any bid result/tab information for the bid in the table* below?

Please click on link to view table information
Email Yes, via email on 11/20/17 (5 day extension requested)

Response to Request 11/30/17 

18-06

October 2, 2017

Kirk Allen

American Watchdogs Inc.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act of Illinois, I am requesting the following public records as part of an American Watchdogs Inc. research project.

  1. A copy of all debt currently held by the School District in any form to include but not limited to, lines of credit, financial institution, bonds, credit card
  2. A copy of all payment structures for that debt that reflects principal payment, interest payment, and time frame of those obligations.
  3. A copy of all compensation provided to the Superintendent.
  4. A copy of the Superintendents employment contract.
  5. A copy of the minutes and agenda where the Superintendents contract was approved.

I qualify as both media and non-profit under the definitions in Section 2 (c-10) ("Commercial purpose"), Section 2 (f) ("News media"), Section 2 (g) ("Recurrent requester"), and Section 2 (h) ("Voluminous request") of the Freedom of Information Act, for the purposes of being exempt to the provisions of Section 3.1 (Requests for commercial purposes), Section 3.2 (Recurrent requesters), Section 3.6 (Voluminous requests), and Section 6 (Authority to charge fees).

I request expedited processing on the basis of an urgency to inform the citizens and taxpayers of Illinois about their government’s activities. If any element of this request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all withholdings individually by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. Please provide all responsive information to me electronically. 

Email

Yes, via email on 10/10/2017

18-05

September 27, 2017

Kenneth Powell

 

Parent's Foundation for Education

 

An excel spreadsheet containing the following information for every teacher and staff member (employee) currently employed in Jacksonville SD 117. Please organize this information in the following manner:

  • Campus (or office building name, for staff)
  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Position
  • Grade Level(for teachers)
  • Subject Area taught (for teachers)
  • Certified in Area of Instruction (for teachers)
  • Home Address
  • School Email
  • Personal Email
  • Personal Phone Number
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Hire Date
  • Years of Experience
  • Current Salary

If you have any questions about any of the data requested above, please feel free to reach out to me at kenneth@parents.foundation, or call(512) 580-7117for more immediate assistance. In particular, it may be easier to send multiple excel spreadsheets containing different data categories.

In addition, please notify me if there are any parts of this request that cannot be fulfilled for any reason.

Email

Yes, via email on 10/3/2017 (5 day extension requested

10/6/2017 Response to Request

 

18-04

August 28, 2017

William Gass

 

Provide electronic communications sent or received during official district meetings for the days of January 1, 2017 to April 2017 by Mike Lonergan, Noel Beard, Steve Cantrell, Debra Maul, Teresa Wilson, and Jan Ryan. This request includes electronic communications, email conversations, (district issued, personal cellphones or electronic devices) during official school board district meetings.

Provide electronic communications sent or received to/from Steve Ptacek to/from CTS Group of St. Louis for the last September 2014. This request includes electronic communications, email conversations, (district issued, personal cellphones or electronic devices) during official school board district meetings.

Provide electronic communications sent or received to/from Steve Ptacek to/from Holland Construction of Swansea for the month of June 2014. This request includes electronic communications, email conversations, (district issued, personal cellphones or electronic devices) during official school board district meetings.

9-11-17 FOIA Request for Review from Attorney General's Office

Email

Yes, via email on 8/31/2017 (5 day extension requested)

9/6/2017
Response to Request

18-03

August 8, 2017

Jenna Reeve

EdgePoint

a copy of the following in electronic format and/or whatever format exists:

1. An accounting of all uncashed checks/warrants (checks that have been issued by your government agency and remain outstanding) for Ninety (90) days or more as of the date of this letter. Please only include items that can still be claimed by the payee and have not been escheated to the state.

  • Please include the payee name, date, amount and check number.
    If it is less time consuming and more cost effective, please only provide amounts which equal $1,000.00 or more.
  • If possible, please include the last known address of the payee.
  • An accounting of any unclaimed funds which have not been escheated to the state.
  • Please include the payee name, date, amount, and any additional information if available.

Email

Yes, via email on 8/9/2017

18-02

July 19, 2017

Nick Mettemeyer

IUPAT District Council #58

(1) Copies of minutes from all meetings (including general meetings, committee meetings, executive board meetings, and/or any other) in which Dave Large Professional Painting was discussed between 07/20/2015 through 07/20/2017

(2) Copy of any signed or tentative contract documents between Jacksonville School District 117and/or Dave Large Professional Painting performing painting and drywall finishing work dated between 07/20/2015 through 07/20/2017.

(3) Copy of any and all Certified Payroll documents regarding Dave Large Professional Painting performing painting and/or drywall finishingfor Jacksonville School District 117between 07/20/2015 through 07/20/2017

As a not-for-profit organization serving the public interest, we respectfully request the waiver of any fees for copying the requested records; if there are any fees please bill our office and also provide us with your public body’s statutory complaint schedule of allowed fees and we will remit payment upon receipt of the requested material and billing. Please email to nickm@dc58.org or send the requested documents to our Springfield, IL office at the following address: 3223 Lake Plaza Drive Springfield, IL 62703

Email

Yes, via email on 7/24/2017 and 8/1/2017

 

18-01

6/26/2017

Dee Emmons

IEA/NEA

The following documents for the past five (5) years:

  1. A copy of notification of insurance benefits for any JISPA employees who have resigned before the beginning of the next school year.
  2. A dated resignation letter for any JISPA employees who have resigned before the beginning of the next school year.
  3. All correspondence with the health insurance company, or representative, notifying them of the cancellation of premiums for any JISPA employees who have resigned before the beginning of the next school year.

Email

Yes, via email on 6/28/2017 and 7/5/2017

 


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