At the School Board meeting on 4/9/19, the School Board had to vote on budget transfers of approx $2 million from various accounts into the "computer equipment" account. I questioned this transfer and was informed that the money would be used toward the replacement of 18,000 Chromebooks which would be occurring every year. I discovered that the Chromebooks are on a 4 year replacement cycle. I had no knowledge of this and after the meeting I realized that I need to be more knowledgeable about the contracts of which the School Board has entered into agreements through the Superintendent.
Yesterday I asked the Superintendent for the information and was told that he would not provide it to me unless the full Board approved the request. I then instructed him to provide it to me under the Freedom of Information Act. Now he says I will be charged for providing the information.
It should be noted that on the city side, they publish all of their expenditures through an online checkbook: https://openspending.vbgov.com/#!/year/All%20Years/explore/1/fund
I have no idea why it would take 100 hours of staff time to provide me with the contract documents which I have requested.
See my e-mail correspondence with the Superintendent and reply by the School Board chair. We will be receiving a workshop on the 30th regarding a "technology update" but I have no knowledge that the Board will be provided contract details at that meeting, nor do I anticipate we will.