What is FOIA?
FOIA is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Under the Illinois Freedom of Infomation Act (5 ILCS 140/1 et. Seq.), records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request.
Definition of a Public Record
The District’s public records are defined as records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form of characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under control of the School District.
Freedom of Information Officers
The District has designated Mrs. Julie Bleck as Freedom of Information Officer. The District office is located at 541 Chartres Street, LaSalle, IL 61301.
Freedom of Information Act Request Procedure
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act provides that a person may request that public records be made available for inspection and copying to the District’s Freedom of Information Officers. All requests for information and copying shall immediately be forwarded to the District’s Freedom of Information Officers or designee.
Persons requesting to review and copy public records must use the FOIA Request Form provided here. The written request must be delivered via mail, hand delivery, or fax to one of the District’s designated Freedom of Information Officers at the LaSalle-Peru Township High School. The address is 541 Chartres Street, LaSalle, IL 61301, and the fax number is (815)223-3444.
The FOIA request will be dated as of the business day received. Requests received after 4:00 p.m., on the weekends, or holidays, will be considered received on the next business day. Because of the volume of mail received by the District, any Freedom of Information request should indicate Freedom of Information Request or FOIA on the envelope or fax cover sheet.
FOIA Request Form
What happens after I submit a request?
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to respond within five business days of receipt of a request. A five-day extension is allowed with written notification to the requester. If the requested records are available in electronic form, they can be mailed to the requester free of charge. Paper copies can be made at the cost of $.15 per page. If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost.
The following are links to many documents available on the District website which you may download at this time (no FOIA request required):
LaSalle-Peru Township High School District #120 is a school district located in LaSalle County & Bureau County, Illinois. The District is organized under the laws of the State of Illinois for the purpose of providing its residents with schools for grades 9-12 for the education of all eligible persons in the District.
The District operates the following school:
1. LaSalle-Peru Township High School
The approximate amount of the operating budget of the District is $14,009,943. The District currently employs 179.5 full and part-time employees.
NO FUNCTIONAL SUB-DIVISIONS
LaSalle-Peru Township High School is a unitary operation without functional sub-divisions operating autonomously.
LaSalle-Peru Township High School maintains its Administrative office at 541 Chartres Street, LaSalle, Illinois. The District has no other offices.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. The Board’s office is located at 541 Chartres Street, LaSalle, Illinois. Current members of the Board of Education are:
Tony Sparks, President
Peter Meier, M.D., Vice-President
Rose Marie Lynch, PhD
BOARD OF EDUCATION COMMITTEES
Building and Grounds/Security: Alan Cherpeske (Chair), Dr. Rose Lynch, Cathy Renk
Community Affairs/Public Relations: Cathy Renk (Chair), Dr. Pete Meier, Carol Alcorn
Finance: Dr. Peter Meier (Chair), Alan Cherpeske, Dennis O'Keefe
Negotiations/Personnel: Tony Sparks (Chair), Alan Cherpeske, Dr. Pete Meier
Policy: Dennis O'Keefe (Chair), Alan Cherpeske, Dr. Rose Lynch
Student Programs: Dr. Rose Lynch (Chair), Dennis O'Keefe, Carol Alcorn