Public Records Requests
Public records requests are coordinated through the Office of the Superintendent. To request a public record, download and complete the Request For Public Records form.
Requests may be submitted as follows:
- By mail or in person: BISD Administration Offices c/o Lani Chaffee, 8489 Madison Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
- By email: lchaffee@
- By fax: 206-842-2928
Records Available on District Website
Many records are available for review on the district website including the following:
Board Meeting Minutes and Materials
Policies and Procedures
District Committee Minutes and Materials
Response to Request
Upon receiving a request for records, the district will respond within five business days by:
Acknowledging receipt of the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the district will need to respond to the request.
Denying the records request and providing the reason for the denial.
Providing the record.
Additional time may be required to respond to a request due the need for clarification of the request, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third parties or agencies affected by the request, or to determine if the record requested qualifies for an exemption.
Costs for Public Records
There is no fee for the inspection of public records; however, any copies requested will be charged as follows:
Black & white copies - $.15 per page (or a flat fee of up to $2)
Scanning charges - $.10 per page
- Uploading files - $.05/each 4 electronic files or attachments uploaded to email or cloud-based data storage
Mailing – Actual cost of postage and shipping container
Other Media – Actual cost of reproduction
Notification of Records
Once the records have been assembled, the records will be sent electronically or you will be notified that the records are available for your review.
The inspection of records is done by appointment during normal business hours. Copies may be requested after the review is completed.
Some Records are Exempt from Disclosure
The Public Records Act and other statutes list certain types of documents that are exempt from public inspection and copying (RCW 42.56). The district will not disclose lists of individuals for commercial purposes. If only a portion of a document is exempt from disclosure, the district’s public records designee will redact the exempt portion(s) before providing the documents.
We look forward to working with you to comply with your public records request.If you have any questions related to public records, please contact Lani Chaffee at 206-780-1052.