KCE reported last Friday that the Kenosha Unified School District notified parents of a citizen who requested student directory information. The citizen was provided with thousands of students’ names and addresses. Today, KCE was made aware of the name of the requester – Kevin Hutchinson.
KCE made contact with Hutchinson Monday evening. Hutchinson said that he was indeed the person who requested the names and addresses of KUSD parents. He says, however, the district didn’t sent the parents’ names, but instead, the students’ names and addresses. KCE has seen the public records request and can confirm that Mr. Hutchinson asked for the parents’ names, but KUSD provided the students’ names. “I think they may have messed up there, by sending me student info….. So what was the motivation for this? The motivation is this – I do my best thinking when I’m driving down the street. I thought, ya know, how can you tell parents [what’s going on in the school.] Maybe you write them a letter. So I just shot a request to the school district. And guess what, about two days later, I had 12,000 names. I thought that was pretty good.”
Hutchinson tells KCE that his is considering the possibility of sending out a mass mailer to parents to tell them about some of the graphic books that are available in the schools. Hutchinson, who has grandchildren, says they don’t attend KUSD schools becuase the schools are mismanaged.
Tanya Ruder, a KUSD spokesperson, told KCE today in part:
“While we receive and process many records requests annually, we wanted to make our families aware in this case due to the grandiose size of the request and nature of the information requested. Each year during online registration, we ask families whether or not they approve of their student’s directory data being released as noted below. If parents do not elect to have directory data withheld from requesters, then directory data is subject to release under state and federal law, if requested. Typically, requests for directory data are from colleges, military recruiters or local businesses wishing to send marketing materials to our families, but this request for student data directory information was slightly different and we wanted to be transparent with our families that directory data was requested and, as required by law, released.“