The Legislature of the State of Wyoming enacted the Wyoming Public Records Act (W.S. §16-4-201 through 16-4-205) to provide the public with access to public records, books, and files of state governmental agencies (subject to exceptions). The Public Records Act defines "public records" as "the original and copies of any paper, correspondence, form, book, photograph, photostat, film, microfilm, sound recording, map drawing or other document, regardless of physical form or characteristics that have been made by the state of Wyoming and any counties, municipalities and political subdivisions thereof and by any agencies of the state, counties, municipalities and political subdivisions thereof, or received by them in connection with the transaction of public business, except those privileged or confidential by law." The law does not require the school to create or compile a record which does not exist at the time of the request.
The purpose of the Act is to promote disclosure and not secrecy in the workings of government. PODER is subject to the Wyoming Public Records Act and will fully comply with all the provisions and requirements of the Act. The following document outlines the procedures for requesting public records, including when a fee may be charged related to a public records request.
Procedures for Requesting Public Records
A. Submitting a request
Individuals are encouraged to submit their requests in writing. Individuals should submit their requests to the Principal. For PODER Academy: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 632-2248.
*Requests for student information are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
B. Notification that the request has been received
The school will notify the Requestor of the acknowledgment of the receipt of the request within seven (7) business days after receiving the request. The notification will include acknowledgment of the request, whether a fee is required, the amount of that fee, and the date by which the school will respond in accordance with the law.
C. Time period for the school to respond
D. Denial of requests or withholding of records
The PODER Administrative team reviews all records requests. Part of this review includes determining whether any legal grounds for exemption or withholding of records apply. If a request is denied, in whole or in part, the school will include in its written response the reason or reasons for the denial under the Wyoming Public Records Act.
E. Fees (starting July 1, 2018)
Reasonable production and construction costs for public records requests (Wyoming Public Records Act, Wyoming Statute 16-4-204):
*Note: The requestor will be charged only if the amount of the reasonable production and construction costs exceeds $180.00, and the requestor will be charged only for the amount above $180.00.
Prior to processing the public records request, the PODER Administrative team will determine whether the estimated time to be spent reviewing and responding to the request will cause the reasonable production and construction costs to exceed $180.00. If so, the requestor will receive an invoice with the estimated reasonable production and construction costs of the request. Payment must be received before the request will be processed.
If the request takes less time than estimated, the requestor will receive a refund for the amount of money that was unused. If the request takes more time than estimated, the requestor will receive the responsive records to that point, and another invoice with the estimated cost for the completion of the request. Payment must be received before the school will continue processing the request. Requestors will not be allowed to avoid the charge by using multiple records requests.