[quote=“chien22”]BTravenn – thanks for the clarification. You are correct that the Superintendent did not work the full year. I assume the contract would have been effective August 1, 2009 and not July1.
If I roughly assume that the payments reflect 11 months of a 12 month contract extending from August 1 of the following year – would I also be correct in assuming each individual month would cost the SD about 10 998.69.
Would it potentially be fair to add the 10 998.69 to the 119 995.67 paid? The total: 130 994.36 (if my assumptions are correct) would be closer to the actual full year payment…
You would be better off making an FOI to the School Board to ask what the Superintendent’s monthly salary was during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010 (the salary for the year ending June 2012 can be determined from the SFI).
Tell them that you are making an ‘access request’ under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act and describe what you what.
“5 (1) To obtain access to a record, the applicant must make a written request that
(a) provides sufficient detail to enable an experienced employee of the public body, with a reasonable effort, to identify the records sought,
© is submitted to the public body that the applicant believes has custody or control of the record.
(2) The applicant may ask for a copy of the record or ask to examine the record.”
In this case they would prepare a ‘record’, ie a written response by letter.
They cannot withhold information about salaries or other remuneration:
“22(4) A disclosure of personal information is not an unreasonable invasion of a third party’s personal privacy if
(e) the information is about the third party’s position, functions or remuneration as an officer, employee or member of a public body …”
Under section 77 the Board should have designated someone or a group as the “head” for the purposes of FIPPA, who is legally required to deal with your request. I would address the letter to the Chair; she can pass it on to whoever deals with access requests.
The School District will have 30 days to respond. If they do not respond or refuse disclosure you have 30 days to request a review by the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for BC < oipc.bc.ca/ >. The staff there are very good about answering citizen questions about freedom of information rights.
Your access request is personal information about you and is protected from disclosure by FIPPA, ie they have to treat your request as private and confidential. That may or not be important to you.
I highly doubt that you will have any problem getting the information if you submit an access request.
As a by the way it’s good to see that the School District posted their annual Statement of Financial Information on their web site. The City council is also required to prepare and make public an annual SFI, but they put it in the agenda package of the meeting where the report is presented to the council and it quickly becomes lost under the overburden.
Another point, the SFI is required by the Financial Information Act. FIPPA casts a wider net in terms of what has to be disclosed about public employees.