HCPSS MPIA Request #2020-259

Requested Information
I request all notes (including all hand-written markings, circles, marks, comments, electronically typed notes, etc.) by BOE member Kirsten Coombs related to the meeting on November 21. Please scan any handwritten portion of these notes in color, to make sure pen color or highlighter is distinguishable.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, we have identified one record of notes developed after the November 21, 2019 meeting by Board of Education member Kirsten Coombs regarding events that evening. 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 denying access to this record as attorney-client communications.

UPDATE: Under MPIA GP §4-301(1), which requires a custodian to deny inspection of a record if by law the record is privileged or confidential. These notes constitute attorney-client communications/work product, and thus are subject to non-disclosure under this provision of the MPIA. The Board of Education has considered this request, however, and voted to waive the privilege solely as to notes made by Board members concerning the recess taken during the November 21, 2019 meeting.  Accordingly, please find responsive notes made by Board of Education member Kirsten Coombs below.

Responsive Documents

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