Public Records Requests

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, public records requests are conducted under the provisions of Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016 (An Act to Improve Public Records), which took effect on January 1, 2017. For details on the law and the process for requesting public records in Massachusetts, please click here.

In accordance with the amended state public records law, the District has designated a Records Access Officer who is responsible for receiving, tracking, and responding to public records requests. The following individual serves as the Records Access Officer for the North Adams Public Schools:

Nancy Rauscher
North Adams Public Schools
10 Main Street, Second Floor
North Adams, MA 01247

phone: 413-776-1626

Submitting a request
Any person may make a public records request:

  • By e-mail to the RAO at

  • By first class mail addressed to: Records Access Officer, North Adams Public Schools, 10 Main Street Second Floor, North Adams, MA 01247.

  • In person at the Central Office, 10 Main Street Second Floor, North Adams, MA 01247.

Excluded records
Some records maintained by the District are exempt from disclosure. If such records are requested, the Records Access Officer will deny the request and will notify the requestor of the reason(s) for the denial. Categories of exempt records include, but are not limited to, student records; certain vital records; criminal record information; personnel or medical files; records that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy; certain investigatory law enforcement materials; or proposals and bids prior to the award of a contract.

Fees for processing records requests
The District may assess a reasonable fee for the production of public records. Allowable charges include, but are not limited to:

  • Five cents ($0.05) per page of black and white printouts or copies.

  • The actual cost for duplication of records not susceptible to ordinary means of reproduction, such as color copies and large format plans.

  • A maximum of $25 per hour for employee time needed to identify, locate, and compile the records requested.

  • The actual cost for storage devices or materials (e.g., thumb/flash drives).

  • Postage fees (where applicable).