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DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

The Department of Communications is responsible for sharing news about the school district with the community. PCSSD is committed to creating a systematic communication process between district office, our schools, our school board and our community. The communications lines are always open as we strive to provide the most current information through various channels of communications.

mission statement

The Pulaski County Special School District Department of Communications will use communication and public relations resources to support all stakeholders associated with the District. We strive to inform its students’ families, staff and the general public of PCSSD actions in an accurate, transparent and efficient manner.

Communications Department Strategic Plan

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Team Members
Jessica Duff
Executive Director of Communications
501.234.2038
jduff@pcssd.org
Jessica Ray
Marketing Communications Facilitator
501.234.2039
jray8801@pcssd.org

Patrick Marston
Webmaster / Graphic Artist
501.234.2036
pmarston9104@pcssd.org
Janet O'NealJanet O'Neal
Communications Specialist
501.234.2037
joneal@pcssd.org
Jill ClarkJill Clark
Communications Legal Associate
501.234.2162
aclark@pcssd.org
Media Relations

The Department of Communications is responsible for handling all media inquiries. If you are interested in interviewing, photographing, or filming an employee or student, please contact the Department of Communications. This will allow for a consistent procedure to understand the information that is being requested, your deadline and allow us to determine who would be the best source for your story.

Jessica Duff
Executive Director of Communications
501.234.2038 or jduff@pcssd.org

PRESS ROOM

Freedom of Information Act Requests

In compliance with state law, school districts are required to post specific information regarding their operations as part of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements. For the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD), such information is contained in documents listed in the website’s State Required Information. If the information an individual, organization or media outlet is seeking is not found in these or other documents posted on this website, other records, if available, may be requested by writing Jill Clark at jclark@pcssd.org or via post at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72206.

PCSSD makes every effort to comply with the letter and the spirit of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Any citizen of Arkansas may ask to inspect or copy any public record in the District's custody or control. Some records maintained by the District are exempt from disclosure under state or federal law, in order to protect the privacy rights of students, teachers, and PCSSD employees. Student records are specifically protected by federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). However, the vast majority of the District's records are open to inspection.

The PCSSD will respond to FOIA requests within three business days, as required by law. Details regarding the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act provisions may be found here.

FEES
When PCSSD receives a FOIA request, the District may issue a response in a written or electronic format and fees may be assessed. For copies, a fee of 15 cents per page may be charged. The PCSSD will advise the requestor of an estimate of the total number of pages and an approximate cost in advance of production. If the estimated fee exceeds $25, the requester may be required to pay in advance. There is no charge for personnel time related to searching, retrieving, reviewing or copying the records.

If documents are mailed, mailing costs may be assessed.

If PCSSD must summarize, compile or tailor electronic data in a particular manner or medium (this could include the technology used to redact or conceal faces on videotapes, for example) related to the FOIA, the District may charge for reproduction costs. Per law, those costs will be for personnel time exceeding two hours calculated using the hourly pay of the lowest paid employee or contractor who, in the discretion of the District, has the necessary skill and training to respond to the request. An itemized estimate of those charges will be provided in advance of production.

TIMELINE
PCSSD will respond to FOIA requests within 72 hours, as required by law. If more time is needed, the requestor will be contacted and asked to consider an extension. Details regarding the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act provisions may be found here.