New And Expanded Public Records Request Seeks Additional School Invoices, Texts And Emails

Smithfield attorney Jack O’Hale filed a second Public Records Request on Monday with Johnston County Schools seeking additional documentation for his client, Kay Carroll, a candidate for the Johnston County Board of Education.

Mr. O’Hale previously hand delivered a Records Request on January 2, 2020 to School Board Chairman Todd Sutton following a press conference on the steps of the Johnston County Courthouse.  When the school board failed to meet a January 21st deadline to turn over the documents, Mr. O’Hale told school officials on January 24th he would file a lawsuit unless they turned over the records by January 27th.  The school board complied.

Yesterday, Mr. O’Hale filed a new public documents request asking for additional information on Cenergistics. The records request also expanded to seek invoices and payments for cleaning services and repairs made to Johnston County Schools since 2015 from a local cleaning company and construction company.

Additionally, the attorney is seeking texts and emails between the school superintendent, Jake Jacobs, and facility services staff with Cenergistics from 2014 to date.

The school system was also asked to turn over copies of all invoices and payments related to a JoCo2020 convocation at Mudcats Stadium, including payments made to speakers at the event, and payments made for t-shirts for teachers and staff that was worn at the event.

Also, the request seeks invoices and payments made by Johnston County Schools for staff to travel to Charlotte related to JoCo2020, including room and meal costs from 2016 to present.


The request was sent to interim Superintendent Dr. Ben Williams. Chairman Sutton and Dolores Gill, Chief of Staff and Communications, were also provided a copy of the request.

Kay Carroll told JoCoReport the second request was made “… to track costs incurred by the school system as a result of Cenergistics actions and how much JoCo2020 cost the school system and what value it was to educational outcomes.”