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October 25, 2005

Public's Right To Know: Madison School District Land Purchases

Two weeks ago, I emailed this Open Records request to Madison School District Attorney Clarence Sherrod:

Good Afternoon, Clarence:

I hope this note finds you well.

I am writing to make an open records request under sec. 19.35 of the Wisconsin Statutes. I would like copies of any agreements signed this year by the Madison Metropolitan School District or its representatives to purchase land for a school site. I believe the issue of purchasing land for a school site was discussed by the Madison Board of Education on 10/10/2005.

I believe that these sort of land/facilities discussions should be public knowledge, particularly in light of the East / West task force activity.

Thank you very much and best wishes.

I received a response today from Bob Nadler, the District's Custodian of Records. Essentially, this response means that the public has no right to know about the District's purchase of land for a new school site until after the Board agrees to purchase. Read Bob's letter here. I will post the document he referenced upon receipt.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at October 25, 2005 10:22 PM
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