Mellon Administration Center
SCHOQL 703 South New Street Telephone: (217)351-3825
DISTRICT Champaign, Illinois 61820-5818 FAX: (217) 351-3871
June 10, 2013
Mr. Charles Schultz
Re: Freedom of Information Request
Dear Mr. Schultz:
On Friday, April 26, 2013, Champaign Community Unit School District #4 received from you a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for the following:
“[T]he non personally identifiable information data that was sent to Alves and that he sent back to Unit 4 after March 1, 2013.”
On Friday, May 3, 2013, the District provided you with a document responsive to your request. In subsequent correspondence and discussions, you noted that you were requesting additional information including:
“[D]etailed information such as which schools each registrant chose, the points they received for each item filled on the registration, and the reasons (if any) of why they did not receive each choice.”
In our subsequent discussion, I noted that the District was not in possession of any records responsive to that request at that time and that the request would either be denied or that you would agree that your request would be held until such time as the District received responses to your request. You agreed that the District could respond when it received additional documents” that were responsive to your request. You followed up on this request on May 21 and June 3. The District is now in possession of additional documents responsive to your request and they are attached. Other responsive documents are exempt from disclosure under the FOIA since they are student records which are speciﬁcally prohibited from disclosure under Federal and State laws. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(a) and 5 lLCS 140/7.5(r). In addition, such documents are also exempt from disclosure since they are trade secrets or commercial information obtained from a person or business where the trade secrets or commercial information are furnished under a claim that they are proprietary, privileged, or confidential, and disclosure of the trade secrets or commercial information would cause competitive harm to the person or business. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(g). In addition, such documents are exempt from disclosure under the FOIA since they constitute valuable formulae and research data obtained or produced by any public body when disclosure could reasonably be expected to produce private gain or public loss. 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(i).
To the extent you interpret this response as a denial of your request, you have the right to have the denial reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by writing to Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General, 500 South 2nd Street Springfield, Illinois
62706, Fax: 217-782-1396, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 312-814-5526. If you choose to ﬁle a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so within 60 calendar days after the date of the denial letter. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a). Please note that you must include a copy of your original request for documents and the denial letter when filing a Request for Review with the PAC.
You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a lawsuit in the State circuit court. 5 ILCS 140/S11.
School Attorney/Freedom of information Officer
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