SECTION 504, TITLE II, TITLE IX, TITLE VI, and
COMPLAINT AND GRIEVANCE POLICY
1. Within ten (10) days of when a complainant knew or should have known of discriminatory conduct, a complaint shall be given in writing to the Section 504,Title II, Title IX, Title VI or ADA Coordinator, as the case may be. The complaint shall describe specifically the time, place and nature of, and the participants in the alleged discriminatory acts. The complaint shall also include any evidence or documentation, including witness statements, regarding the alleged discriminatory conduct. The Section 504, Title II, Title IX, Title VI or ADA Coordinator shall, within ten (10) days of receipt of the complaint, conduct or cause to be conducted a thorough, adequate, reliable and impartial investigation including questioning of all parties involved in the complaint. A written record shall be made of the statements by all parties involved. After the investigation is complete, the Section 504, Title II, Title IX, Title VI, ADA Coordinator shall meet with the complaining party and give a full report of the findings.
2. If the grievance or complaint is not satisfactorily resolved at Step 1, the complainant shall have ten (10) days to appeal the Step1 findings to the Superintendent. The complainant shall present his complaint in writing, describing the reasons for his/her dissatisfaction with the results of Step 1 and produce any evidence or documentation, including witness statements, regarding the alleged discriminatory conduct. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall review all aspects of the complaint and complete an additional investigation if necessary. The Superintendent shall respond to the complainant in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of the written appeal.
3. If the complainant is not satisfied with the results of Step 2, the complaining party shall have fifteen (15) days from receipt of the Superintendent's decision to appeal the complaint to the school board. The appeal shall be in writing, describing the reasons for complainant's dissatisfaction with the results of Steps 1 and 2. The complainant shall have the opportunity to present an oral statement to the board before the board makes its decision. The board's decision shall be rendered within fifteen (15) days after receipt of the appeal.
Each complainant shall have the right to be represented by legal counsel at Level 3, at their own expense, and each complainant shall have the right to present witnesses and other reasonable evidence at any Level, and each complainant shall have the right to question and cross-examine witnesses at each level and any parent complaining on behalf of their child shall have the right to examine records relevant to their child.
The Section 504, Title II, Title IX, Title VI, ADA Coordinator is Janie Alexander who may be contacted at 605 South Cummings, Fulton, MS 38843, 662-862-2159.