Kristen Stocking is unhappy that the Wake County school system left in her personal information on the copy of the check it released to the public.
The Carolina Journal reported Friday that Stocking, the founder of the Wake Schools Community Alliance, is complaining that Wake didn't redact the bank account and routing number from her check. She had written the $300 check to pay for part of the cost of the reception for new school board members.
I didn't post the page with Stocking's check when I blogged earlier in the week about the WSCA leaders only paying $300 of the $693.88 cost of the reception.
The school system had released the bill for the reception, including Stocking's check, following a public records request from Tim Simmons, vice president of the Wake Education Partnership.
There's no love lost between the Wake Education Partnership and the WSCA. Joe Ciulla, a leader of the WSCA, had filed an election complaint against the partnership. The state Board of Elections dimissed the complaint because it focused on the WEP's non-profit status under federal law.
In the Carolina Journal article, Michael Evans, Wake's chief communications officer, said the information was left in because he couldn’t find any reference in the state’s general statutes to protecting the type of financial information on the check once it’s in possession of the government.
“I would be hard-pressed to look a lawyer in the face and say we redacted the info when it wasn’t mandated by state law,” Evans said in the article.
The article raises the issue of Stocking's information potentially being used for identify theft.