The board encourages all complaints regarding the district to be resolved at the lowest possible administrative level. Whenever a complaint is made directly to the board as a whole or to a board member as an individual, it will be referred to the administration for study and possible resolution. The District’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 201 South Main, Goddard, KS, 67052, (Telephone: 316-794-4000). has been designated to coordinate compliance with nondiscrimination requirements contained in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2007 and the Age Discrimination Act. The grievance procedure is applicable to complaints alleging discrimination on the bases of sex, disability, race, color, national origin, and age, including allegations of harassment. Information concerning the provisions of these Acts, and the rights provided thereunder, are available from the compliance coordinator.
Complaints About Discrimination or Discriminatory Harassment
Complaints of discrimination or discriminatory harassment by an employee should be addressed to the employee’s supervisor, the building principal, or the district compliance coordinator. Complaints by a student should be addressed to the building principal, another administrator, the guidance counselor, or another certified staff member. Any school employee who receives a complaint of discrimination or harassment from a student shall inform the student of the employee’s obligation to report the complaint and any proposed resolution of the complaint to the building principal. If the building principal is the alleged harasser, the complaint shall be reported to the district compliance coordinator. Complaints by any other person alleging discrimination should be addressed to the building principal or the district compliance coordinator. The identity of the individual filing a complaint will be kept confidential to the extent possible without compromising a thorough investigation. Complaints about discrimination, including complaints of harassment, will be resolved through the following complaint procedures:
The building principal shall attempt to resolve complaints of discrimination or harassment in an informal manner at the building level. Any school employee who receives a complaint of discrimination harassment from a student, another employee or any other individual shall inform the individual of the employee’s obligation to report the complaint and any proposed resolution of the complaint to the building principal. The building principal shall discuss the complaint with the individual to determine if it can be resolved. If the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of the individual, the building principal shall document the nature of the complaint and the proposed resolution of the complaint, and forward this record to the district compliance coordinator. Within 20 days after the complaint is resolved in this manner, the principal shall contact the complainant to determine if the resolution of the matter remains acceptable. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the individual in the meeting with the principal or if the individual does not believe the resolution remains acceptable, the individual may initiate a formal complaint. Use of the informal complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to filing a formal complaint or using the formal complaint procedure.
Formal Complaint Procedures
Complaints About Policy
The superintendent shall report any unresolved complaint about policies to the board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
Complaints About Curriculum
The superintendent shall report a failure to resolve any complaint about curriculum to the board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
Complaints About Instructional Materials
The building principal shall report any unresolved complaint about instructional materials to the superintendent immediately after receiving the complaint.
Complaints About Facilities and Services
The superintendent shall report any unresolved complaint about facilities and services to the board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
Complaints About Personnel
The superintendent or the building principal involved shall report any unresolved complaint about personnel to the board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
Approved: KASB Recommendation–9/97; 8/98; 3/00; 3/13