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FOIA Schedule of Fees

FIOA Fee Schedule:

According to S.C. Code Ann. § 30-4-30, "The fee for the search, retrieval, or redaction of records shall not exceed the prorated hourly salary of the lowest paid employee who, in the reasonable discretion of the custodian of the records, has the necessary skill and training to perform the request."

Williston School District 29 charges for requests that are to be fulfilled requiring more than half an hour of reasonable amount of employee time and photocopying expense. A FOIA request should be answered without charge when the request requires less than half an hour of reasonable amount of employee time and photocopying expense.

For requests which require a fee, an invoice with an estimate of hours and rates will be sent to the requestor. If the cost of responding to the request is estimated to be $100 or more, requestors will be notified and given an opportunity to narrow their request or will be required to pay a deposit of 25% in advance before the request will be fulfilled. Payment is required in full before the public records are released to the requestor.

Fees will be calculated according to the following guidelines:

Photocopying: The charge for photocopying is calculated at $0.10 per page for black and white copies or $0.80 per page for color copies or the prevailing commercial rate at the time of the request.

Employee/Administrative Time*: Information requests requiring more than one hour of staff time will be assessed at the hourly salary rate of the lowest paid school district employee who has the necessary skill to perform the request, as determined by the district.

*Fee is determined by the hourly wage plus benefits of employee(s) responding

 

Computer/Information Technology: Charges will be based on costs associated with the process. If a requestor seeks information to be placed on a CD, DVD, or USB, there will be an additional $5 charge.

Estimation of fees and payment: The requestor will be notified of the charges assessed for fulfilling an information request. Actual costs will be recorded throughout the process, and will be reconciled with the requestor upon completion. A deposit of 25% of the reasonably anticipated cost for searching for, redacting, and copying the requested information may be required by the district prior to collection of information and/or fulfillment of the request.

All requests should be made to:

Williston School District 29

12255 Main Street

Attn: FOIA Request/Supt. Office

Williston, SC 29853

 

All electronic requests should be made to:

foia@williston.k12.sc.us

 

All payments should be made to:

Williston School District 29

12255 Main Street

Attn: FOIA Payments/Supt. Office

Williston, SC 29853

 

*Fee is determined by the hourly wage plus benefits of employee(s) responding

 

Adopted 10/15/2019