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Right to Know Law-Open Records

Governor Edward G. Rendell signed the new Right-To-Know law on February 14, 2008 fundamentally changing the way people access public records of their government. This web page has been created in response to that law, which fully takes effect January 1, 2009.
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Punxsutawney Area School District Open-Records Officer
All requests for information from the Punxsutawney Area School District under the Right to Know law should be directed to:
Punxsutawney Area School District
c/o Dr. Thomas A. Lesniewski, Superintendent
300 Center Street
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
PHONE: 814-938-5151 x5001
FAX: 814-938-6677
A written request for access to a public record shall be submitted on the required form(s) and addressed to the Open Records Officer.  Written requests may be submitted to the District in person, by mail, to a designated facsimile machine, or to a designated e-mail address.
Each request must include the following information:
1.  Identification or description of the requested record, in sufficient detail.
2.  Medium in which the record is requested.
3.  Name and address of the individual to receive the District's response.
The District shall not require an explanation of the reason for the request or the intended use of the requested record, unless otherwise required by law.  The District shall not limit the number of records requested.  
The following fee structure is in place for all requests under the Right to Know law:
Record Type: Fee:

A “photocopy” is either a single-sided copy or one side of a double-sided black and white copy of a standard 8.5’ x 11” page

$0.25 a page

Certified copy

$20 flat fee

Printing copy of non-paper record


Electronic copy of record – Electronic copies will be provided by means of computer disk. For transfer of an electronic file to a computer disk, the charge is $1 for the disk plus $20 per hour with a minimum charge of $20. The same charge will apply for e-mail of record when request is made for access in electronic form and solely for its convenience the district chooses e-mail transmission in lieu of providing a disk. No charge will apply if solely for its convenience the district elects to e-mail a record instead of providing access through personal inspection of a paper copy.

See record


Redaction – If redaction is required before the record can be accessed, the school will charge $20 per hour.

$20 per hour


Mailing copy of record- If a request is made for mailing and the district chooses to mail the copy instead of personal pickup, the requester will pay the actual cost of shipping or postage.

Actual cost for postage

Facsimile transmission – If a request is made for facsimile transmission and the district chooses to provide facsimile transmission instead of personal pickup, the requester will pay $.25 per page.

$.25 per page

Prepayment: Prior to granting a request for access in accordance with this Act, the school may require a requester to prepay an estimate of the fees authorized under this section if the fees required to fulfill the request are expected to exceed $100.



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Open Records:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
PHONE: 717-346-9903
FAX: 717-425-5343
EMAIL: openrecords@pa.gov
WEBSITE: www.openrecords.pa.gov

The uniform request form developed by the Office of Open Records can be found at http://openrecords.pa.gov/.