|Greenwood Community School Corporation|
|Bylaws & Policies|
9130 - PUBLIC COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
Any person or group having a legitimate interest in the operations of this Corporation shall have the right to present a request, suggestion, complaint, or concern relating to Corporation personnel, the program, or the operations of the Corporation. At the same time, the School Board has a duty to protect its staff from unnecessary harassment. It is the intent of this policy to provide the means for judging each public complaint and concern in a fair and impartial manner and to seek a remedy where appropriate.
It is the desire of the Board to rectify any misunderstandings between the public and the Corporation by direct discussions of an informal type among the interested parties. It is only when such informal meetings fail to resolve the differences, shall more formal procedures be employed.
Any requests, suggestions, complaints, or concerns reaching the Board, Board members, and the administration shall be referred to the Superintendent for consideration according to the following procedure.
Matters Regarding the Superintendent
Should the matter be a concern regarding the Superintendent which cannot be resolved through discussion with the Superintendent, the complainant may submit a written request for a conference to the Board. This request should include:
|A.||the specific nature of the complaint and a brief statement of the facts giving rise to it;|
|B.||the respect in which it is alleged that the complainant (or child of the complainant) has been affected adversely;|
|C.||the reason that matter was not able to be resolved with the Superintendent;|
|D.||the action which the complainant wishes taken and the reasons why it is felt that such action should be taken.|
The Board, after reviewing the request, may grant a hearing before the Board or a committee of the Board or refer the matter to an executive session.
The complainant shall be advised, in writing, of the Board's decision within thirty (30) business days. The Board's decision will be final and not subject to appeal.
Matters Regarding a Support Staff Member
In the case of a support staff member, the complaint is to be directed, initially, toward the person's supervisor, and the matter then brought as required to higher levels of authority.
Matters Regarding Corporation Services or Operations
If the request, suggestion, complaint, or concern relates to a matter of Corporation procedure or operation, it should be addressed, initially, to the Superintendent and then brought, in turn, to higher levels of authority.
Matters Regarding the Educational Program
If the request, suggestion, complaint, or concern relates to a matter of Corporation program, it should be addressed, initially, to the Superintendent and then brought, in turn, to higher levels of authority.
Matters Regarding Instructional Materials
The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines to ensure that students and parents are adequately informed each year regarding their right to inspect instructional materials and the procedure for completing such an inspection. See AG 9130A and Form 9130 F3.
If the request, suggestion, complaint, or concern relates to instructional materials such as textbooks, library books, reference works, and other instructional aids used in the Corporation, the following procedure shall be followed:
|A.||The criticism is to be addressed to the Superintendent, in writing, and shall include:|
|4.||the complainant's familiarity with the material objected to;|
|5.||sections objected to, by page and item;|
|6.||reasons for objection.|
|B.||Upon receipt of the information, the Superintendent may appoint a review committee which may consist of one (1) or more professional staff members.|
|C.||The Superintendent shall be an ex officio member of the committee.|
|D.||The committee, in evaluating the questioned material, shall be guided by the following criteria:|
|1.||the appropriateness of the material for the age and maturity level of the students with whom it is being used|
|2.||the accuracy of the material|
|3.||the objectivity of the material|
|4.||the use being made of the material|
|E.||The committee's recommendation shall be reported to the Superintendent in writing within seven (7) business days following the formation of the committee. The Superintendent will advise the complainant, in writing, of the committee's recommendation and advise the Board of the action taken or recommended.|
|F.||The complainant may appeal this decision, within thirty (30) business days, to the Board through a written request to the Superintendent, who shall forward the request and all written material relating to the matter to the Board.|
|G.||The Board shall review the case and advise the complainant, in writing, of its decision.|
No challenged material may be removed from the curriculum or from a collection of resource materials except by action of the Board, and no challenged material may be removed solely because it presents ideas that may be unpopular or offensive to some. Any Board action to remove material will be accompanied by the Board's statement of its reasons for the removal.
20 U.S.C. 1232h