Freedom of Information Act Written Summary
Holland Public Schools Freedom of Information Act Written Summary
Pursuant to Section 4 of the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, MCL 15.234, (the “FOIA” or the “Act”) Holland Public Schools issues this written public summary of the following:
How to Submit Written Requests to Holland Public Schools
Holland Public Schools requires individuals or entities to submit FOIA requests in writing. FOIA requests may be mailed to the following address:
Holland Public Schools
320 W. 24th St
Holland, MI 49423
An individual or entity may also make a request in person at the Holland Public Schools District Administration Office, or email a request to Dr. Davis or fax a request to (616) 392-8225.
Please review the following checklist to ensure a timely and accurate response to a request:
- Make sure the correspondence is addressed to the “FOIA Coordinator” and includes the proper address and/or fax number.
- Clearly state that the request is being made for a public record(s) pursuant to the “Freedom of Information Act” or the “FOIA.”
- Describe the public record(s) requested in sufficient detail so that it can be more easily identified and located.
- Describe the subject matter of the public record(s) requested and, if possible, the approximate date that the public record(s) was created.
- Clearly state the manner in which you prefer Holland Public Schools to provide the public records, such as: paper copies, non-paper physical media, email, etc. (please note, all requests must be within the technological capabilities of Holland Public Schools).
- You can stipulate that public records be provided on non-paper, physical media, electronically mailed, or otherwise electronically provided in lieu of paper copies. If the requested public records are available on the Holland Public School’s website and the response includes the website address, then any request for paper format or other form, such as electronic form, may result in additional charges.
How to Understand Holland Public Schools’s Written Responses
When the FOIA Coordinator receives a written request for a public record, the FOIA Coordinator, or his or her designee, shall, in not more than five (5) business days after the [public body] receives the request, respond to the request in one of the following ways:
- Grant the request.
- Issue a written notice to the requestor denying the request.
- Grant the request in part and issue a written notice to the requestor denying the request in part.
- Issue a written notice extending, for not more than ten (10) business days, the period during which Holland Public Schools shall respond to the request.
If the estimated cost of responding to a request exceeds $50.00, Holland Public Schools may require a good faith deposit of 50% to be submitted before the request is processed. Once the good faith deposit is submitted, Holland Public Schools will process the request. The balance of the cost of the request must be paid before copies may be picked up, mailed, or delivered. Good faith deposits and fees charged for responding to FOIA requests may be mailed to the following address:
Holland Public Schools
320 W. 24th St.
Holland, MI 49423
Please review the attached Fee Itemization Form, which provides a line-by-line summary and explanation of the fees that Holland Public Schools may charge in response to a request, pursuant to Section 4 of the Act (MCL 15.234(1)).
Avenues for Challenge and Appeal
If the requestor believes the fee estimated or charged for the request exceeds the amount permitted under Holland Public School’s procedures and guidelines or Section 4 of the Act, the requestor must:
- Submit to the FOIA Coordinator a written appeal for a fee reduction that specifically states the word "appeal" and identifies why the requestor believes the required fee exceeds the amount permitted under Holland Public School’s procedures and guidelines or Section 4 of the Act. If the requestor disagrees with Holland Public School’s final determination, the requestor may, after exhausting internal administrative remedies, commence a civil action in Circuit Court where Holland Public Schools is located for a fee reduction. The civil action must be filed within 45 days of the public body’s final determination to deny a request pursuant to Section 10(1)(b) of the Act.
Any written response denying a request for a public record, in whole or in part, is a final determination to deny the request or portion of that request. A requestor may file an appeal with the School Superintendent or may seek judicial review of the denial, pursuant to Section 10 of the Act (MCL 15.240). A requestor may receive attorneys’ fees and damages pursuant to the Act if the Court determines that Holland Public Schools has not complied with Section 5 (MCL 15.235) of the Act and orders the disclosure of all or a portion of a public record.