Student’s Name: E.W.(File # 6342/05-06 LS)
Date of Birth: xx/xx/xx
Date of Hearing: 3/28/06, 6/2/06
Type of Hearing: Closed
Parties To the Hearing Parents' Names:
Parent's Home Address: Parents' Representative:
John Bogdanovitcz, Esq.
North Penn Legal Services 507 Linden Street Scranton, PA 18503
Scranton City School District
School District's Address:
425 N. Washington Avenue Scranton, PA 18504-3419
School District Contact:
Ms. Lee Carr Supervisor of Special Education
Harold McGrath, Esq.
Scranton Life Bldg. Suite 532 538 Spruce Street Scranton, PA 18503
Date Transcripts Received:6/10/06
Date of Order:
June 15, 2006
Hearing Officer's Name:
William J. Wall, Esq.
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING ORDER STUDENT (FILE # 6342/05-06 LS) Scranton City School District
The student, a resident of the Scranton School District, is in a Half day Itinerant Learning Support class at High School and a Half day Community-Work Program. The parent requested a due process hearing because he wanted his son to return to a full academic program so that he could graduate with his class at the end of the 2006/2007 academic year.
On March 28, the first day of hearings, a great deal of time was spent in negotiations between the parties in an effort to resolve the matter. At the conclusion of that day, I was advised that an agreement in principle was reached and the agreement would be finalized and executed within a week or two and at that time a withdrawal would be entered by the parent and the case closed. The negotiations did not result in an executed agreement and it became necessary to conduct the June 2, 2006 hearing.
Neither parent nor the student was present at the hearing but both the parents and the student were represented by counsel who confirmed that the hearing was to go forward without their attendance. He also represented that he was authorized to proceed and offered third party testimony that this was in fact the case. Based on counsel’s representation and the sworn testimony of the witness I determined it was appropriate to proceed with the hearing.E-W-Scranton-City-ODRNo-6342-05-06-LS