Sunday, February 26, 2017

How to File a Public Records Request

A public records request can be written or verbal.

Written requests should be emailed to James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations and Information Officer, at, or mailed to the Central Consolidated School District, Attn: James Preminger, Public Relations and Information Officer, P.O. Box 1199, Shiprock, New Mexico, 87420. He can also be reached at 505-801-0248.

Written requests should provide the requestor's name and contact information per the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

The requestor will never be asked to provide a reason for the request. Records are provided within 3 days of when the request was received, but may take up to 15 days. Every effort is made to provide public records as soon as possible within this time frame.

Public records that can be emailed electroncially in PDF, Excel, or other online formats are provided at no charge. Hard copies of public records are 50 cents per page. Copies are provided in the format the District stores them in. Most records are stored electronically.

The work of the Central Consolidated School District's Public / Media Relations Office is to pursue and execute effective internal and external communication between the District administration, schools, departments, teachers, and staff to our parents, community members, and the media. The goal is to be transparent while providing accurate information.

The District supports and follows the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act and the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. The District also supports and values a free press, the free flow of information and an informed society; and the work of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and the New Mexico Sunshine Portal.

The Public Relations and Information Officer acts as the District spokesman in the media, responds to media and public records requests, and is the District website's content manager at

James Preminger, CCSD's Public Relations and Information Officer, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of New Mexico. He has been with CCSD since 2008.

Preminger's journalism experience includes being a journalist at The Albuquerque Journal, The Farmington Daily Times, The Navajo Times, The Kingman Daily Miner, and as a photojournalist for The Sedona Red Rock News. Preminger served as a public affairs specialist / soldier during the Cold War with the U.S. Army V Corps Headquarters Public Affairs Office in Frankfurt, West Germany.