Things are getting testy between charter school advocates and the Cherokee County Board of Education.
Ever since the Georgia Supreme Court put the state out of the charter school business, a dozen and more charter schools have been forced to go back to local school systems to ask that they be given the financial wherewithal to survive.
Among them is the Cherokee Charter Academy. Suspicious that the school board hasn’t been playing fair with the request, the Georgia Charter Schools Association dropped an open records request on the Cherokee school board – demanding what to know what it’s been saying about the request in emails and other communications.
The administrative costs for available documents are estimated at $286,600.27, for 6,185 hours of work by seven different employees. This total includes a manual search of emails. If CCSD staff were to instead use an automated keyword search of six keywords, the overall cost would be reduced by $219,093.
The copying costs for available documents are estimated at $38,008.25 for 152,033 pages at $.25 cents per page….
Once my office has received a check for $324,608.52 made payable to the Cherokee County School District, we will begin filling your request. We estimate that it will take approximately 463 days to fulfill this request.
That would be Sept. 29, 2012. Which is a Saturday, so make that 465 days.
Mike Klein over at Georgia Public Policy Foundation just added a touch of seriousness to the mix:
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said Friday that his office will open an investigation into how the Cherokee County School District responded to a citizen’s request for information.
Updated at 5:35 p.m.: Ladies and gentlemen, the discourse below has been pretty rough. So with your moderator headed home, I think we’ll shut down commenting. Have a good weekend.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider