FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION
OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT

In the Matter of a Complaint by FINAL DECISION
Harry Hartie,
Complainants
against Docket #FIC 1999-075
Interim Superintendent, Hartford Public
Schools; and Hartford Public Schools,
Respondents July 14, 1999

        The above-captioned matter was heard as a contested case on April 12, 1999 at which time the complainant and the respondents appeared, stipulated to certain facts and presented testimony, exhibits and argument on the complaint.

        After consideration of the entire record, the following facts are found and conclusions of law are reached:

        1. The respondents are public agencies within the meaning of 1-200(1), G.S., (formerly 1-18a(1), G.S.).

        2. It is found that by letter dated January 31, 1999, the complainant requested that the respondent superintendent provide him with all supporting documents and notes pertaining to Daryl Brown aka Mudarris Jihad, including, but not limited to the:

a. final report/s concerning the Jihad suspension/investigation;

b. verification of witness or witnesses substantiating allegations of impropriety;

c. verification that Jihad did not follow state curriculum and everything else needed to justify the suspension; and

d. the cost of the investigation.

        (hereinafter "requested records").

        3. The complainant, by letter dated February 18, 1999 and filed with the Commission on February 22, 1999, appealed to the Commission alleging that the respondents violated the Freedom of Information ("FOI") Act by denying them access to the requested records.

        4. It is found that by letters dated February 24 and March 30, 1999 the respondents provided the complainant with all the records they have that are responsive to the complainant’s request.

        5. The complainant contends that the respondents should have more records in light of the fact that the cost of the Jihad investigation, paid by the city of Hartford, exceeded $8800.

        6. It is found however, that no evidence was provided to indicate that the respondents have additional records which they have not turned over to the complainant.

        7. It is therefore, concluded that the respondents did not violate the FOI Act as alleged in the complaint.

 

        The following order by the Commission is hereby recommended on the basis of the record concerning the above-captioned complaint:

        1. The complaint is dismissed.

 

 

 

        Approved by Order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of

July 14, 1999.

 

_________________________

Melanie R. Balfour

Acting Clerk of the Commission

PURSUANT TO SECTION 4-180(c), G.S., THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF EACH PARTY AND THE MOST RECENT MAILING ADDRESS, PROVIDED TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION, OF THE PARTIES OR THEIR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE.

THE PARTIES TO THIS CONTESTED CASE ARE:

 

Harry Hartie
273 Blue Hills Avenue
Hartford, CT 06112
Interim Superintendent,
Hartford Public Schools;
and Hartford Public Schools
c/o Atty. Ann F. Bird
and Atty. John P. Shea, Jr.
Office of Corporation Counsel
550 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

 

 

 

 

__________________________

Melanie R. Balfour

Acting Clerk of the Commission

 

 

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