What is a public records request? Any information, minutes, files, accounts, or other records which a governmental body is required to maintain, and which must be accessible to scrutiny by the public.
The Ohio Public Records Act provides:
“To facilitate broader access to public records, a public office or person responsible for public records shall organize and maintain public records in a manner that they can be made available for inspection or copying in accordance with division (B) of this section. A public office also shall have available a copy of its current records retention schedule at a location readily available to the public.” Ohio Rev. Code § 149.43(B)(2)
Columbus City Schools
The district has had to close multiple schools on a daily basis during the 2021-2022 school year because of heating issues. During a February board meeting the director of buildings and grounds gave a report. It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/fENhmBqsTI4?t=1234 DeJuan Hood is the is Director of Buildings and Grounds. He offered this explanation during a recent board meeting. After viewing the footage, I had so many questions.
So I did a public records request… Summary – He went from being a janitor (engineer) to running a $6.5 million dollar department. He evaluations indicate he is still learning and researching his position. They also indicate he is building relationships. He was rude and disrespectful to the Columbus NAACP President. Ironically, the man who doesn’t do preventative maintenance, he told me in a meeting at Black people need to do good business. He has refused to meet with Black vendors.
What special talents did Mr. Hood bring to the position and who hired him? More soon!
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