Requests for public information (open records) are handled in accordance with the Texas Public Information Act (PIA), Texas Government Code 552.001.
The PIA gives the public the right to request access to government information. The request must ask for information already in existence. The PIA does not require the district to create new information, perform legal searches, or answer general questions.
Procedures for making a request
All open records requests should be submitted to the Executive Director of Communications. This procedure allows the district to accurately document the date each request is received and respond to the requestor promptly. If the request cannot be produced within ten business days, staff will notify the requestor in writing of the reasonable date and time when it will be available.
Requests for high school transcripts are not handled through this office. Transcripts are private and are protected from the public under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Please contact the appropriate high school for the requested information.
The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The Act does not require the district to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
Charges to the requestor
A person can ask to view information, get copies of information, or both. If a request is for copies of information, the District may charge ten cents per copy, and may charge $15 per hour for labor costs associated with processing the request if the number of copies exceeds 50 pages. Charges for labor may also be assessed for multiple requests totaling more than 36 hours in preparation time per fiscal year.
Responsibilities of the requestor
Any person requesting public information has the responsibility to:
- Submit the request in writing**:
- by mail: Bastrop ISD, attn: Monica Langle, 906 Farm St., Bastrop, TX 78602
- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- in person: Bastrop ISD Service Center, 906 Farm St., Bastrop, TX 78602.
- Include enough description and detail of the information so the District can accurately identify and locate the items requested.
- Clarify the type or amount of information requested if needed.
**While an application for requesting open records is not required by law, it is helpful in ensuring the request is formatted correctly (in writing), includes appropriate detail of information requested, and ensures the district can contact the requestor with any questions or clarification needs. It also ensures the district completes all portions of a request for public information. Please see the Open Records Request Application below to request information.
Responsibilities of the district
The District shall release requested information that is not confidential by law. For items the District chooses to withhold, a ruling will be requested from the Office of the Attorney General if applicable. The requestor will be sent a copy of that communication. If information requested falls under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), federal law supersedes state law, and information may be withheld without requiring an AG opinion if deemed that it violates student privacy information.
The Communications Department may be contacted at (512) 772-7143 for further questions regarding these Public Information Request procedures.