Special Education Hearing Officer
Child’s Name: G.F.
Date of Birth: [redacted]
Date of Hearing: November 3, 2010
ODR No. 01413-1011JS
Parties to the Hearing: Parent[s]
Ms. Christine Raber
Supervisor of Special Education Antietam School District
201 N. 25th Street
Reading, PA 19606
Jennifer M. L. Bradley, Esquire McAndrews Law Offices
30 Cassat Avenue
Berwyn, PA 19312
Mark W. Cheramie Walz, Esquire Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP 331 E. Butler Avenue
New Britain, PA 18901
Date Record Closed: November 12, 2010
Date of Decision: November 26, 2010
Hearing Officer: Cathy A. Skidmore, M.Ed., J.D.
INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Student1 is a kindergarten-age child residing within the Antietam School District (hereafter District). The District evaluated Student in May and June prior to Student’s entry into its kindergarten program at the start of the school year, and determined that Student was not eligible for special education. The parent requested an independent educational evaluation (IEE), and the District filed a due process complaint asserting that its evaluation of Student was appropriate and that the parents were not entitled to an IEE at public expense.2
This hearing was conducted in one session at which the parties presented evidence in support of their respective positions. For the reasons which follow, I find in favor of the District.
Whether the District’s evaluation of Student was appropriate in assessing all areas of suspected disability.G-F-Antietam-ODRNo-01413-1011JS