HCPSS MPIA Request #2019-174

Requested Information
Under the Maryland Public Information Act Title 4, I request the correspondence between workers housed within the Howard County Executive’s office and school board members who are discussing the DRRA currently before county council. I also ask for correspondence between school board members discussing the DRRA and the BOE’s stance on the DRRA.

The correspondence likely includes but is not limited to emails, hand written notes, etc.
Date Received
Response Notes

In regards to the direct communications (emails and texts) included below, emails were located through a search of the HCPSS mailboxes for all Board members for search terms “DRRA” and “Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreement,” and narrowed to those between Board members and @howardcountymd.gov email addresses regarding the DRRA, as well as those between Board members discussing the DRRA. Additionally, text messages falling within these same parameters have been provided. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, we have redacted information that could reveal individual student information from the responsive records.

Responsive Documents
April 22, 2019 letter from the Board of Education to County Executive Calvin Ball regarding the Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreement under County Council Bill 49-2019.

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**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

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