The Bibb County school system denied an open records request from The Telegraph on Monday for documents related to a school principal’s placement on administrative leave.
Westside High School Principal Laura Perkins was put on paid administrative leave July 18, but school officials have refused to say anything about the case, provide reasons why or say how long the probe could take. The Telegraph filed its request July 21.
On Monday, Canon B. Hill, an attorney with Jones, Cork & Miller, cited several sections of Georgia’s Open Records Law as reasons to deny The Telegraph’s request.
The documents could deal with information protected by attorney-client privilege or the confidentiality of the attorney work product, she said. Also, records consisting of material obtained in investigations “related to the suspension, firing or investigation of complaints against public officers or employees” aren’t required to be disclosed until 10 days after they have been presented to an agency for action or when the investigation has concluded, Hill wrote in a letter to The Telegraph.
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Attempts by The Telegraph to reach Perkins have been unsuccessful.
Perkins has worked in the school system for about 25 years and became principal at Westside in 2006 after serving as an assistant principal and principal at Hutchings Career Center.
Bibb County officials said Monday that Associate Superintendent Tanzy Kilcrease would supervise Westside for the interim period while the investigation continues.