Requests and access under the Right-to-Know (Open Record) Law shall be governed by the law itself (Act 3 of 2008), as well as BLaST Intermediate Unit’s board policy (PDF) regarding Public Information and Right-to-Know.
Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19
BLaST IU 17 is currently closed consistent with the Governor’s Emergency Declaration issued in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. During this mandated closure, IU 17 may not be able to respond to requests for public records under the Pennsylvania Right-to-know Law. The office of Open Records has advised that when a public entity is closed, that day is not a “business day” and does not count toward the five (5) business days referenced in Section 901 of the RTKL, which governs the time period under which an agency must respond to a request. Consequently, IU 17 will process request once it reopens. Further, unless you have an urgent need to access public records, please do not file any new RTKL request at this time. If submitting a request is necessary, please seek copies of records (preferably electronic) rather than in-person inspection. In-person inspection of records at this time will not be possible during this current closure.
To request information from BLaST IU 17 please use the Standard Right to Know request form prescribed by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. Please note that phone requests will not be accepted.
Copying/Duplicating fees and postage costs of $.25 per photocopy will be assessed on the Requester, as allowed by Section 1307 of Act 3 (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). BLaST shall use the fee schedule established by the PA Office of Open Records to determine other costs.
Requester shall pay all fees prior to BLaST IU 17 releasing them to Requester. Requester’s refusal to pay these fees will result in BLaST making them available for review only.
PA Office of Open Records
For more information or to appeal a denial, contact the PA Office of Open Records:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
Requests should be sent to:
BLaST Intermediate Unit 17
Ms. Cheryl Starr
2400 Reach Road
PO Box 3609
Williamsport, PA 17701