WS vs. Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District

WS

Date of Birth: xx/xx/xx

Dates of Hearing: October 18, 2007 October 30, 2007

CLOSED HEARING

Parties to Hearing: Parents:

District:
Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District

Date Transcript Received: November 5, 2007

Date of Decision: November 11, 2007

Gerald Dambach, Ed.D Hearing Officer

BACKGROUND:

Student is a xx year old grade 10 student at Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District (District). He has an educational diagnosis of Mental Retardation (MR) and is placed in a Learning Support (LS) program. The district proposed placing Student in a Life Skills Support (LSS) program in a neighboring district – Rockwood School District. The parents are separated with the mother, having physical custody. The parents have joint custody in terms of making decisions concerning Student. The father, agreed to the LSS placement at Rockwood School District and the mother signed a NOREP requesting this hearing. The district and the father were represented by council and the mother was pro se. The only issue before this Hearing Officer involved an appropriate placement for Student – the LS program at Turkeyfoot Valley Area or the LSS program at Rockwood. The parties did agree to place Student part-time at the [redacted] Vocational Technical School as soon as possible. The part-time placement at the Vocational Technical has begun.

ISSUE:

1. What is the appropriate educational placement for Student – a LS program or a LSS program?

WS-Turkeyfoot-Valley-Area-ODRNo-8083-07-08-LS

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