The Freedom of Information Law, effective January 1, 1978, reaffirms your right to know how your government operates. It provides rights of access to records reflective of governmental decisions and policies that affect the lives of every New Yorker. The law preserves the Committee on Open Government, which was created by enactment of the original Freedom of Information Law in 1974.
Mohonasen adheres to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Meetings Law. Both laws are administered by the New York State Committee on Open Government, an agency that is part of the New York State Department of State.
Not all information held by a school district is open for public inspection. This link details the type of information that is deemed public under the Freedom of Information Law.
Submitting a FOIL request
Any individual or organization wishing to obtain information from Mohonasen under the Freedom of Information Laws should follow this process:
- Submit a letter to District Records Officer Tracey Freemantle detailing the records that you are interested in viewing or copying. The information should be as specific as possible. The letter may be mailed to 2072 Curry Road, Schenectady NY 12303 or e-mailed to TFreemantle@mohonasen.org.
- After receipt of the letter, the district clerk will acknowledge the request within five days and indicate whether the information will be provided within the next 20 days. If the information requires extensive research, the time period may exceed 20 days.
- The law allows that the school district may charge a maximum of 25 cents per page for photocopying.
- Questions regarding a FOIL request should be directed to Tracey Freemantle at 518.356.8235 or TFreemantle@mohonasen.org.
Here is an easy-to-read brochure describing the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws.
You can also access the United States Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website.
If you have any trouble accessing the documents linked from this page, please contact the Communications Office at 356-8250. The FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here.