AG Sides With School District In Open Records Dispute

The partial denial of an Open Records request by an eastern Kentucky school district has been upheld in an opinion that turns on privacy concerns.

In May, Paul Cummins – citing the compelling public interest of scrutinizing the selection process – sought the resumes of all applicants for superintendent of the Whitley County School District. 

His request focused on the district’s poor ranking, low ACT scores and history of political interference. 

Cummins was provided with the resume of the successful candidate, but denied access to the resumes of the 13 people who were not hired. 

The district said release of the resumes of the unsuccessful candidates would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. 

Cummins appealed, but the attorney general’s office agrees with the school district. 

The AG’s office says the privacy interests of the applicants, whose identities were not made public, outweigh the public’s interest in disclosure.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.