Getting at the Truth

Conversations with JCPS’ Open Records Attorney:

I received a reply on February 16, 2023 at 8:01 AM
Subject: JCPS ORR Requests

Records responsive to your request with regards to the following requests are available at






22-0765 – Please note that in regards to 22-0765, we are unable to confirm the name of any students involved in settlements with the District pursuant to Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (“FERPA”), the Kentucky Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (“KFERPA”), KRS 61.878(1)(k), and KRS 61.878(1)(l).

23-0241 – In regards to 23-0241, no records were produced.




The full personnel file of Samuel Cowan II was produced in response to 22-1090 to the extent it is subject to the Open Records Act.  It is in the link above.  The following requests were sent with subpoenas or signed releases from the employee:




We are not able to provide you with more regarding these requests that what was produced for 22-1090.

22-0015 was a subpoena for employment records. 

22-0887 was a request filed by a parent for records related to her own son.  Those records are voluminous and they contain a mixture of exempt and non-exempt information that must be reviewed and redacted in accordance with state and federal law. This will require additional processing time.  These records will be available to you no later than March 23, 2023.

Sure enough, 

From: Open Records <>
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2023 2:54 PM
Subject: RE: JCPS ORR Requests


Ms. Adelmann,


The records you requested are too large to send via email.  You can access them at  Please download and save these files locally as they may be removed from Google Drive after 30 days.

Pursuant to KRS 61.878(1)(a), which prohibits the disclosure of public records containing personal information the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, personal information such as employee ID, home address, social security number, drivers’ license number, date of birth, age, race, gender, personal phone number, personal email address, educational transcripts, background check results, routine personnel evaluations, certified mail numbers, letters of reference, emergency contact information, and photographs has been redacted from these files.


Amanda Herzog

Assistant General Counsel

Contracts, Insurance & Data Sharing

Jefferson County Public Schools

3332 Newburg Rd. Louisville, KY 40218

Phone: (502)-485-3584 | Fax: (502) 313-2706


The contents of the links above have been pulled down and archived and I am making efforts to link to them.