PRIVATE CITIZEN ORGANIZATION NOT AGENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT

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July 18, 2019


Request:  Did the Dickinson Public School District properly respond to a request for records?

Conclusion: The Dickinson Public School District received a request for records regarding regarding promoting a “Vote Yes” on the school bond referendum and records relating to school bond funding by a government agency. The District responded that it did not have most of the records because the Vote Yes group was a private, citizen organization, not managed, supervised or overseen by the school district. Because there was no agency relationship between the Dickinson Public School district and the Vote Yes group, the school district was not required to obtain the records from the Vote Yes group in order to respond to a records request. The Dickinson Public School district properly denied a request for records it did not have in its possession.

Opinion 2019-O-13

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