Freedom of Information Law

The Freedom of Information Law, effective January 1, 1978, reaffirms your right to know how your government operates. It provides rights of access to records reflective of governmental decisions and policies that affect the lives of every New Yorker.

The law preserves the Committee on Open Government, which was created by enactment of the original Freedom of Information Law in 1974.

Schalmont adheres to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Meetings Law.

Both laws are administered by the New York State Committee on Open Government, an agency that is part of the New York State Department of State.

Not all information held by a school district is open for public inspection. This link details the type of information that is deemed public under the Freedom of Information Law. 

Any individual or organization wishing to obtain information from Schalmont under the Freedom of Information Laws should follow this process:

Submit a letter or email to District Clerk Donna Woods detailing the records that you are interested in viewing or copying. The information should be as specific as possible. The letter may be mailed to Donna Woods, District Clerk, Schalmont Central School District, Business Office, 4 Sabre Drive, Schenectady, NY 12306 or email to 

After receipt of the letter, the district clerk will acknowledge the request within five days and indicate whether the information will be provided within the next 20 days. If the information requires extensive research, the time period may exceed 20 days.

The law allows that the school district may charge a maximum of 25 cents per page for photocopying.

For more information, visit the state’s Committee on Open Government’s “Your Right to Know” website