Shawnee Mission School District responds to second set of open records requests, says it needs more time to price them


The Shawnee Mission School District on Wednesday night responded to a second set of Kansas Open Record Act requests submitted by the Shawnee Mission Post. Those requests, submitted Monday, came after the district said it would need a prepayment of $1,054 to begin fulfilling two earlier requests related to the hiring of the daughter of board of education member Deb Zila for an in-district job with CBIZ. The new KORA requests sought the following information:

  • Copies of all electronic mail correspondence sent or received by Deb Zila between the dates Feb. 1, 2016 and Aug. 15, 2016 that include the word “Mallory”
  • Copies of all text messages sent between Jim Hinson and Deb Zila from 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7 through noon Monday, March 13.
  • Copies of all electronic mail correspondence sent by members of the Board of Education between 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 and 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 13.

The district said that only one text message existed between Hinson and Zila in the specified timeframe. It was a message Hinson sent Friday, March 10, to all members of the board:

FYI. Moving into Crestview last night and today. Announcing Bluejacket and Brookwood principal switch today. I am days behind on email. I beg for your patience. Our heads are barely above water.

As for the email records, the district said it was not about to comply this week because it was short staffed, but that it would “notify you of the search costs associated with your requests for electronic mail correspondence next week, when technology staff members are able to evaluate the search time and costs for those requests.”

The full response letter is copied below: