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.
Discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or religion in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in the district's programs and activities is prohibited. Mary Ann Talbot, P.O. Box 290, Riverton, Kansas 66770, (620)-848-3386 has been designated to coordinate compliance with nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Information concerning the provisions of these Acts, and the rights provided thereunder, are available from the compliance coordinator.
Approved 06/10/99: KASB Recommendation - 9/97
KN-R & KN-R-2 Complaints
About Discrimination or Sexual Harassment (see GAAC AND JGEC)
Complaints by an employee should be addressed to the employee's supervisor, the building principal, or the compliance coordinator. Complaints by a student should be addressed to the building principal or the compliance coordinator. Complaints by any other person alleging discrimination should be addressed to the building administrator or the compliance coordinator. Complaints about discrimination will be resolved through the following complaint procedure:
* A complaint should be filed in writing and contain the name and address of the person filing the complaint. The complaint should briefly describe the alleged violation. (Failure to file a written complaint does not relieve the district of the duty to investigate oral complaints or complaints received from other sources.)
* A complaint should be filed within 5 days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation, unless the conduct forming the basis for the complaint is ongoing.
* If appropriate, an investigation shall follow the filing of the complaint. If the complaint is against the superintendent, the board shall appoint an investigating officer. In other instances, the investigation shall be conducted by (an individual appointed by the board.) The investigation shall be informal but thorough. All interested persons, including the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is lodged, will be afforded an opportunity to submit written or oral evidence relevant to the complaint.
* A written determination of the complaint's validity and a description of the resolution shall be issued by the investigator, and a copy forwarded to the complainant no later than 10 days after the filing of the complaint.
* Records relating to complaints filed and their resolution shall be maintained in a confidential manner by the compliance coordinator.
* The complainant may appeal the determination of the complaint to the superintendent, or to the board of education if the complaint was against the superintendent. The request to appeal the resolution shall be made within 10 days after the date of the written resolution of the complaint at the lower level. The appeal officer shall review the evidence gathered by the investigator and the investigator's report, and shall afford the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is filed an opportunity to submit further evidence, orally or in writing, within 5 days after the appeal is filed. The appeal officer will issue a written determination of the complaint's validity and a description of its resolution within 5 days after the appeal is filed.
* Use of this complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of any other remedies.
The superintendent shall report any unresolved complaint about policies to the board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
About Curriculum (See IF)
The superintendent shall report a failure to resolve any complaint about curriculum to the board at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
About Instruction Materials
The building principal shall report any unresolved complaint about instructional materials to the superintendent immediately after receiving the complaint.
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.
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 6/10/99: KASB Recommendation - 9/97