Public Information Request

The Public Information Act (PIA) gives the public the right to request access to government information.  The request must ask for information already in existence. The PIA does not require an agency to create new information, perform legal searches, or answer general questions.

During the most recent Legislative Session, the Texas Government Code was amended in a manner that allows Districts to designate a single electronic mail address and a single mailing address for receiving written requests for public information. The new law went into effect on September 1, 2019, and applies only to PIA requests received on or after this date.

Groesbeck I.S.D. will only respond to requests for information sent to the designated email, mailing address, or hand-delivered. Groesbeck I.S.D. is not required to respond to written requests for public information submitted by email or mail to somewhere other than one of the contacts listed below unless the request is delivered by hand, which is also permitted by the statute. 

Requests must be made using the following:

 Submit by email, mail, or hand-deliver: Public Information Request Form

Submit online: Online Public Information Request Form

Resolution of the Board to Establish Non-Business Days for Public Information Act

Submit requests:

By Email

Or by Mailing to
Groesbeck I.S.D.
ATTN: Officer of Public Information
1202 N. Ellis Street
Groesbeck, Texas 76642

Or by Hand-Delivery to
Groesbeck I.S.D.
Administrative Office
Officer of Public Information
1202 N. Ellis Street
Groesbeck, Texas 76642

The following is from the Texas Attorney General's Website

How to Request Pub­lic Information

Requesting public information is simple. Here is how to make a successful Public Information Act (PIA) request.

A public information request must be in writing to the governmental body you believe maintains the documents.  However, your written request needs to be for information already in existence. A governmental body is not required to answer questions, perform legal research, or create new information in response to your public information request.

Response to Public Information Request

House Bill (HB) 3033 - Governmental Entities' Response to Public Information Requests.

Nonbusiness days

Complying with the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) requires adherence to timelines that reference “business day,” but no formal meaning had ever been established. The law now formally defines the meaning by clarifying business days do not include the following:

  • Weekends — Saturday or Sunday

  • National holidays (i.e., New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day)

  • State holidays (i.e., Confederate Heroes Day, Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, Texas Emancipation Day, Lyndon Baines Johnson Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and the 24th and 26th of December)

  • Optional holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or Good Friday if the public information officer of the governmental body observes the holiday

  • Friday or Monday before or after a national or state holiday if the holiday falls on the weekend and the governmental body observes the holiday on that Friday or Monday

  • Up to an additional 10 designated nonbusiness days per calendar year on which administrative offices are closed or operating with minimum staffing

Response time

If a governmental entity requests an attorney general decision to determine whether requested information may or must be withheld, the entity must take the following steps within a reasonable time once an AG’s opinion is issued:

  • Notify the requestor of the information to be released or to be withheld in accordance with the AG’s decision.

  • Provide to the requestor a cost estimate for the release of information.

  • Produce the information to be released.

  • Notify the requestor if the AG’s decision is being legally contested.

HB 3033 clarifies reasonable time as not later than the 30th day after the AG decision is released.