Woonsocket superintendent's office to pay $1,000 to settle APRA suit

Woonsocket superintendent's office to pay $1,000 to settle APRA suit

WOONSOCKET – Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan's office will pay $1,000 to settle a suit over access to public records.

The Office of Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court against the Woonsocket Superintendent’s Office last week alleging the Superintendent’s Office knowingly and willfully violated the state Access to Public Records Act when it failed to respond to an APRA request within the timeframe dictated by the statute.

The suit stems from a request made Dec. 1, 2012, by then school employee Cynthia Boss for certain documents pertaining to the Woonsocket School Sick Leave Pool Board of Governors. Within 10 business days from the request, the Superintendent’s Office extended the time to respond to the request by 20 additional business days, as allowed by APRA, for a total of 30 business days from the date of the APRA request. The Superintendent’s Office, however, did not provide a response by Jan. 15, 2013 deadline.

In fact, the office did not provide a response to the Dec. 1 request until March 7, when it responded to the Office of Attorney General regarding the APRA complaint and investigation. The Office of Attorney General determined that there was sufficient evidence to conclude that the Superintendent’s Office knowingly and willfully violated the APRA.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced the settlement today, stating Donoyan's office will pay a $1,000 fine for violating APRA.

Comments

Per the Breeze article above, which I am sure is 110% correct! Superintendent Donoyon's office is paying the fine?

That means the Woonsocket TAXPAYERS are, in fact, the ones paying the fine....more-so $1,000.00 not being spent on the kids!

WHY??? I must ask WHY WHEN THESE INCOMPETENT PUBLIC OFFICIALS SCREW-UP AND GET FINED, WE THE TAXPAYERS HAVE TO PAY THEIR FINES??

The Woonsocket Board of Commissioners are the ones running the City not the Education Department. Another reason for them to " exit stage right".