In August, to research AUSD’s apparently discriminatory practices in releasing information to local outlets, Action Alameda News requested “copies of all correspondence between AUSD representatives, including, but not limited to, agents, contractors, administrators, staff, employees, and representatives from the online publication The Alamedan…for the months of July and August, 2014.”
On September 4th, Susan Davis, senior manager, community affairs for the school district, wrote back, “I have conferred with staff here about your request. Due to its broad scope, we estimate it will take us until the middle of October to gather these emails.”
On October 17th, 50 days after the original request, Davis wrote again, “Based on our evaluation, we believe that we cannot respond to the request in its current form. Because the request seeks any communications to or from any District employee to unnamed people at the Alamedan, the District would need to individually search all 1,638 email accounts it maintains. According to Rob van Herk, AUSD’s director of technology, it would take about 200 hours for the District to attempt to cull the small fraction of responsive documents from the huge number of e-mails maintained in these accounts.”
Action Alameda News is currently evaluating the school district’s offer to narrow the records request to include correspondence between “five to eight AUSD employees” and The Alamedan.