JG vs. Belle Vernon Area School District

Special Education Hearing Officer


Student’s Name: J.G.

Date of Birth: [redacted]

ODR No. 14171-1314AS



Parties to the Hearing:

Belle Vernon Area School District 270 Crest Avenue
Belle Vernon, PA 15012


Kristen Weidus, Esq.
302 West Otterman Street Greensburg, PA 15601

Aimee Rankin Zundel, Esq.
445 Fort Pitt Boulevard, Suite 503 Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Dates of Hearing: 11/04/2013, 11/19/2013

Record Closed: 12/04/2013

Date of Decision: 12/11/2013

Hearing Officer: Brian Jason Ford


This matter arises under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), 34 C.F.R. Part 104.4.

This due process hearing concerns the educational rights of a student (Student) in the Belle Vernon Area School District (District). In practical terms, this decision resolves a dispute about where the Student will go to school for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. The District has proposed to change the location in which services will be

provided. The Student’s parents (Parents) requested this hearing, and are demanding that the Student remain in [Student’s] current placement through the end of the 2013-14 school year.


Should the student remain in [Student’s current] educational placement through the end of the 2013-14 school year, or should the Student’s placement change after the District’s holiday recess?1


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