Judge rules on Richmond-Davis lawsuit

Reconfiguration of District 303 schools allowed to stand

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A judge ruled on a case this year that had been brought in 2011 by a group of 17 parents of Davis Elementary students against St. Charles School District 303.

The parents alleged that District 303 had acted contrary to the Illinois School Code when it converted Davis to a school for students in kindergarten to second grade, and Richmond into a campus for students in the third to fifth grades.

The parents argued that under No Child Left Behind, the district should have created a school improvement plan specifically to bolster academic performance of the students at Richmond – which included a significant number of Hispanic students – rather than simply merge the student populations of the two schools.

In September, Kane County Circuit Judge David R. Akemann refused to undo the decision by District 303 to effectively merge Richmond and Davis elementary schools. He rejected a request from parents of students who formerly attended St. Charles’ Davis Elementary School to step in and redraw attendance zone boundaries within District 303.

Akemann did reiterate his findings that District 303 had skirted the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act in combining the two schools.

In October, the parents who sued the school district over the reconfiguration of the two elementary schools filed a class-action suit against the school system.

The parents are bringing the action on behalf of themselves and the families affected by the district’s decision in 2011 to restructure Richmond and Davis elementary schools.

– Nicole Weskerna

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