HCPSS MPIA Request #2020-179

Requested Information
I respectfully request to obtain electronic copies of all email and text communication (if available) between Julia McCready and current members of the Board of Education and/or Superintendent Martirano for the time period of May 1, 2017 through October 22, 2019.

For email communication, this request is for electronic copies of:
(1) any emails sent to OR received from ‘jamccready@gmail.com’ in the email accounts belonging to Dr. Martirano or a Board of Education member, for the time period of May 1, 2017 through October 18, 2019. and
(2) any emails in which the search term ‘Julia McCready’ or ‘McCready’ appears in the subject line or body of an email in the email accounts belonging to Dr. Martirano or any Board of Education member, for the time period of May 1, 2017 through October 18, 2019.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to your request for text messages, no existing records have been located meeting the parameters requested.

Responsive Documents
Responsive to this request, and per clarification that you are only looking for those records containing the keyword “McCready” where it is in relation to a Julia McCready or indiscernible, please find attached responsive emails from mailboxes belonging to current Board of Education members and/or Dr. Martirano in which the name supplied as keywords showed up in subject line or body of an email. Per discussions to date, we have also included where keywords are contained in an attachment of an email. Under MPIA GP § 4-330, we have redacted sociological information where it contains personal phone numbers, addresses or has the potential to pose a risk to individual privacy. Under MPIA GP § 4-301(1), which requires a custodian to deny inspection of a record if by law, the public record is privileged or confidential, we are withholding two responsive emails containing attorney work product and attorney-client communications. One such record is also being withheld as information considered confidential by the Howard County Public School System Ethics Regulations (E)(4), whose establishment is required in accordance with GP § 5-816. MPIA GP § 4-301(a)(2)(i) requires an agency to deny inspection of any part of a public record that would be contrary to State statute, and it is advised in the Fourteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, that “a confidentiality provision in a local ordinance that is derived from a State statute can be a basis for denying access to records.”

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