Remember Bonnie Hackbarth? She’s the PR hack being paid a couple hundred bucks per second or whatever to serve as a spokesperson for Jefferson County Public Schools. By all accounts, as you’ve read in nearly every publication in town, she’s served as an apologist and whitewasher for superintendent Donna Hargens.
And based on what just showed up in our inbox, she’s been violating open records law like woah.
I’m not gonna do extensive reporting on it because you already know I believe Bonnie Hackbarth to be remarkably bad at her job.
So check out this long PDF about the open records fiasco:
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Here’s the email he was responding to:
I am responding to your email to Tamera Crawford below.
First, I would like to apologize to you for our mistaken understanding that requesters are required to make an appointment to view records that have been prepared in response to Open Records Requests. Given your opposing interpretation of the law, I sought legal advice and was told that you are correct. Please accept our sincere apologies. It was never our intent to make it more difficult for you to view documents; in fact, we wanted to make sure that someone was here to assist you. Here is our current interpretation of the law: Once we have responded in writing to a written Open Records Request to let the requester know the date and place at which documents will be available for inspection, the requester may come to that location at any time on or after that date during normal business hours to view those documents. Again, I am very sorry for our error.
As for the status of your outstanding Open Records Requests, please see the letter mailed to you on November 16, 2015 (attached; please disregard the statements “by appointment,” pursuant to our corrected understanding of the law, as noted above). All other documents you requested in your October 5, 2015, that are listed as available in this response are available for your review.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
JCPS Communications and Community Relations
How you gonna make something like $10,000 per month and not be at least loosely familiar with Kentucky’s open records law?
Just think — your tax dollars are paying for Bonnie Hackbarth to drag JCPS further into a boiling pot of awful.
Transparency? Not a thing with JCPS. Not now, not ever. The current administration is just like the two previous administrations.