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FOIA Request

What is FOIA?

FOIA is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 et. seq.), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request.

The following are links to many documents available on the District website which you may download at this time (no FOIA request required):

District Calendars District Report Card
Board Meeting Calendar School Curriculum Guides
Board Meeting Agendas Financial Information
Board Meeting Minutes Annual Financial Report
Board Policies List of Contracts $25,000 or more
Proposed Board policies Employee Contracts & Reports
Strategic Planning FOIA Posting Instructions
Drinking Water Testing

How can I submit a FOIA request?

The district's Freedom of Information Act request form can be found below. Written requests not using the provided form should state that information is being sought under the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, please provide a brief description of the public records requested, being as specific as possible. While responses can be provided via e-mail, please provide a mailing address.  All FOIA requests should be submitted to District FOIA Officer Adam Bussard at 1300 W. Sycamore St., Chillicothe, IL  61523 or via e-mail at: abussard@ivcschools.com

What happens after I submit a request?

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to respond within five business days of receipt of a request. A five-day extension is allowed with written notification to the requester.

If the requested records are available in electronic form, they can be mailed to the requestor free of charge. Paper copies can be made at a cost of $.05 per page. If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost.

What are the costs for duplication?

Fee schedule for duplication of public records
Electronic copy from electronic source Free
Paper copy from paper or electronic source $.05 per page
Copy of audio or video material cost of media
Checks are to be made payable to: "IVC District #321"

Is there a process to appeal the FOIA officer's decisions?

In the event that part or all of a request is denied, requesters may appeal the denial to the President of the Board of Education. A written notice of appeal should be sent to:

Mr. Michael Birch, President of the Board of Education
IVC District #321
1300 W. Sycamore
Chillicothe, IL 61523
ATTN: FOIA Request Appeal