FOIA is the acronym for the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.), certain public records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request. Full details about FOIA can be accessed here: Illinois FOIA

Public Records

Per FOIA, "public records" means all records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under the control of any public body.

PC CUSD #535 FOIA Officer

Dr. Clayton J. Theisinger -

400 E. Silverspoon Avenue

Granville, IL 61326

Fax: (815)882-2802


FOIA Requests

Requests using FOIA must be completed in written format and submitted to the FOIA Officer using the provided contact information.


Per FOIA, a response will be provided to the requester within five business days of receiving the written request. If the request is considered voluminous, an extension may be considered by the FOIA Officer in accordance with FOIA procedures.

Associated Fees

Fees will be assessed for FOIA requests according to the Act, which includes the following:

  • Actual cost of any electronic recording medium (e.g., disc, tape) excluding documents sent via email.

  • The first 50 pages of any printed black and white copies will not have a cost. All printed black and white copies after page 50 will be $0.15 per page.

  • Actual costs will be charged for any color copies, excluding retrieval and reproduction time.

  • Waivers for fees may be granted in accordance with FOIA.

  • For commercial requests, the first 8 hours of research and retrieval for records will not have a cost. All personnel hours used for this purpose after 8 hours will be $10.00 per hour.

  • For all requests, an accounting of any fees will be provided to the requester.

FOIA-Related Information 

Putnam County Community Unit School District #535 (“the District”) is a school district with students residing in Putnam, LaSalle, and Marshall Counties in Illinois. The District is organized according to the laws of the State of Illinois with the purpose of providing schools and education for grades prekindergarten through 12. The District operates the following schools:

  • Putnam County Primary School (Granville, Illinois)

  • Putnam County Elementary School (Hennepin, Illinois)

  • Putnam County Junior High (McNabb, Illinois)

  • Putnam County High School (Granville, Illinois)

The District has its main office at 400 E. Silverspoon Avenue, Granville, Illinois, 61326. The District is a unitary operation with no sub-divisions. The approximate operating budget of the District is $13,925,180 and employs 138 part-time and full-time employees.

The District is governed by the Board of Education, located at the aforementioned address, with the following current members:

  • Mike Borri, President

  • Chivohn Holocker, Vice President

  • Nate Bird

  • (vacant)

  • Keith King

  • (vacant)

  • Reed Wilson