OGDEN -- Ogden School District has complied with the Utah Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers' GRAMA requests and turned over information late last week.
The requests had been for information on the hiring this month of former Ogden School Board member Brad Smith as district superintendent, and for information on the breakdown of teacher-contract negotiations and the subsequent board decision to draw up a non-negotiated contract that teachers were forced to sign in order to retain their jobs.
"I spent the whole weekend reading minutes of board meetings for the last two years," said Carl Udy, AFT Utah representative. "I am still poring through the stuff."
Udy received the information Friday through an overnight-mailing service. The information on 827 pages was accompanied by a letter from Smith saying some of Udy's information requests had been too vague, so were not answered.
Udy on Tuesday said he will reword his requests for specificity and will take to the Ogden School District another GRAMA request.
"We are now his (Smith's), employer, and we have the right to ask him for information," Udy said.
Meanwhile, Udy made photocopies of the pages received and mailed them off to attorneys in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.
The district is permitted to charge a fee for the full cost of collecting and copying information requests, but the Ogden School District included in the mailing a minimal bill of only 10 cents per page, for copying.
"They were very fair in what they did," Udy said. "I am sending them the $82.70 they asked for, plus the $25 they spent on mailing. I don't want this to be a burden to the school district. That was never our intent."