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Freedom of Information Requests

For the Inspection and Copy of Public Records Under the Freedom of Information Act 

The Freedom of Information Act (the “Act”) (Title 29, Delaware Code, Chapter 100) establishes the right of the public to inspect and copy public records.  Section 10003(b) of the Act provides that a public body, including the Indian River School District, must establish rules and regulations regarding access to public records, as well as fees charged for copying such records. To submit a FOAI request, FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE ONLINE FORM BELOW or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FOIA REQUEST FORM.

Any Delaware resident shall be granted access to the District’s public records under the following terms and conditions:


1. Request for access to records shall be in writing, signed by the Delaware resident, and clearly identify the specific public record sought in sufficient detail to enable the District to locate the records with reasonable effort.

2. Requests should be submitted on the attached form and submitted to the District Superintendent.

3. A Delaware resident is entitled to inspect and copy public records (as defined under Section 10002) in the custody of the District.The Act defines “public record” to include: “information of any kind owned, made, used, retained, received, produced, composed, drafted or otherwise compiled or collected by any public body relating in any way to public business, or in any way of public interest, or in any way related to public purposes regardless of the physical form or characteristic by which such information is stored, recorded or reproduced”.Neither the Act, nor the policy, requires that the District create a public record.

4. A request may be denied in part or in full and returned to the requestor for the following reasons:

  • The request does not adequately describe the records;
  • The request requires the District to create records, perform research, prepare a compilation of records, summarize information, or place information in a required format;
  • Reasons addressed in other areas of this policy not specified here.

5. Records will be reviewed to withhold from disclosure those records, or portions of records, which the Act does not deem public.

6. The review of any requested documents must be performed during regular business hours in the presence of a District employee as designated by the Superintendent or the office responsible for maintaining such records.In no event will access be provided at a time, or in a manner, which disrupts the normal operations of the District.No original documents may be removed from District property by the requesting Delaware resident.

7. The District reserves the right to deny any request in part or in full which does not comply with the requirements of this policy and/or the provisions of the Act.

Copying of requested public records may be performed by District personnel, and provided as follows:

  1. The District may, in its discretion, make the copies at the time of the review, or copy and mail the records to the requestor. The requestor may elect to pick up the copies during regular business hours and submit payment at that time.
  2. Requested documents will be copied in existing form, without reformatting or creation of a new document, unless such customization is deemed reasonable and appropriate by the Superintendent.


  1. There is no fee associated for black and white copies of the first 20 single sided pages. There is a $0.10 fee associated with each single sided page thereafter.
  2. The cost of black and white prints from computer databases is also $0.10 per single sided page. The cost of copying records maintained in electronic format will be equal to the material costs in generating the records (i.e., DVD, CD, or other electronic storage costs).
  3. There may be an additional fee for non-standard size/color copies as per 29 Del C Chapter 100§10003.
  4. The District, in its sole discretion, may arrange to have records copied by an outside contractor.The requestor will be liable for all such costs.
  5. Payment for copies is due at the time copies are released to the requestor.The District reserves the right to refuse to make copies for requestors who have outstanding balances.
  6. The District may require prepayment of copying prior to mailing copies of requested records.
  7. A Delaware resident shall not receive copies of any documents until all fees are paid in full.
  8. District personnel will maintain a receipt register and, upon request, provide a receipt when payment is received.

Retention of Requests
The request for public records, the public records copied, and the District’s reply to these requests will be kept on file for a period of three (3) years.  The District will make every effort to fulfill FOIA requests for access to the District’s public records within fifteen (15) business days of the District’s receipt of the request, unless mitigating circumstances occur.  The Superintendent has sole discretion to approve an extension, and the Delaware resident requesting access to the public records will be notified, in writing, of:

  • The reason for delay, and
  • The day, date, and time when the requesting party will have access to the public records sought. Such notification shall occur within fifteen (15) business days of the District’s receipt of the request. 

Questions should be addressed to the District Superintendent.

District FOIA Coordinator: David Maull, 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form


First Name
Last Name
Must contain a date in M/D/YYYY format
Please include city and state.
Be as specific as you can in describing and identifying the types of records being sought.