Freedom of Information Requests

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District will gladly help you find the information you need through a request submitted under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

If you seek copies of school documents, your request will mostly like need to be submitted in writing or via e-mail. But many times, the information you seek may not need the formality of a FOIL request. If you are unsure whether or not to submit a written query, please contact the business office at (518) 872-0909.

This page allows you to submit FOIL requests via e-mail. Please click the e-mail address below to write and send your request to Denise Robinson, the BKW Central School District Records Access Officer.

Please submit any written FOIL requests to:

Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District
Attn: Denise Robinson, Records Access Officer
1738 Helderberg Trail
Berne, NY 12023

We are required under FOIL to respond to your request within five business days.

If you’re unsure how to get started, feel free to refer below to this copy of a sample FOI request from the New York State Department of State:

Name (if known) or Privacy Compliance Officer
Name of Agency
Address of Agency
City, NY, ZIP code

Dear _____ :

Under the provisions of the Personal Privacy Protection Law, Article 6-A of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request a copy of (or: access to) _____ (describe as accurately and specifically as possible the record or records you want, and provide all the relevant information you have concerning them).

If there are any fees for copying the records I am requesting, please inform me before you fill the request. (or: …. please supply the records without informing me if the fees do not exceed $ _____).

If all or any part of this request is denied, please cite the reason(s) which you think justifies your refusal to release the information. As you know, the Personal Privacy Protection Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of its receipt. Also, please inform me of your agency’s appeal procedure.

In order to expedite consideration of my request, I am enclosing a copy of _____ (some document of identification).

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.



City, State, ZIP code