Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hempfield resident wins suit to obtain district budget information

Hempfield School District must open its books to a resident who sued for more detailed budget information from the district administration.
The state Office of Open Records on Monday ruled in favor of Stephanie Rittenhouse, of Woodlyn Farm Way, who had requested individual budgets for the district's individual schools, academic departments and operational divisions.
The district had refused the request, saying only the final budget — Form 2028, which must be filed with the state Department of Education — is public record.
In fact, Hempfield's chief financial officer, Mary Lynne Kniley, told Rittenhouse at school board meetings that those budget documents do not exist.

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