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District 303 superintendent responds to Richmond-Davis decision

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 6:42 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles School District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann said Tuesday he is reserving his judgments and discussion about the Richmond-Davis decision until the hearing set for Sept. 11.

“It’s still in the judge’s hands,” he said.

Judge David Akemann issued a ruling Friday on the case, which challenged the legality of reconfiguring Davis and Richmond elementary schools into schools serving grades K-2 and 3-5, respectively.

Parents, who filed the lawsuit in 2011, alleged the district circumvented No Child Left Behind regulations when it did so.

Akemann ruled in favor of the parents.

He ordered the district to take corrective action in developing a revised School Improvement Plan and Corrective Action Plan for Davis and Richmond within six months.

“Taking a group of students, and moving them to another building does not remove the NCLB mandates,” he wrote.

He ended his 22-page ruling by noting the next step in the case.

“This matter is set for status on any remaining issues on Sept. 11, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.,” he wrote.

Schlomann said he doesn’t know the reason for the court date.

“We’re not sure what those remaining issues are,” Schlomann said. “With that in mind, there could be additional things that are added to or subtracted from the order.”

Rob Swain, an attorney for the district, referred all questions for comment to the district.

Meanwhile, Schlomann said the district is in the process of creating a School Improvement Plan for Richmond and Davis, along with most of the district’s other schools.

Supplemental education services also are scheduled for Richmond, Schlomann said, referencing another element Akemann included in his orders.

Unless something changes Sept. 11, Schlomann said, Richmond and Davis will continue to stay together and operate with a focus on getting kids college- and career-ready.

The St. Charles School Board’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School St., Wasco.

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