Concern Process for NCLB Programs

Stroudsburg Area School District

123 Linden Street

Stroudsburg, PA 18360 

Introduction

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) legislation requires Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to adopt written procedures for “receiving and resolving any complaint alleging violations of the law in administration of programs.”  In accordance with this legislative requirement, the Stroudsburg Area School District has adopted the following procedures.

Definition

A “complaint” is a written, signed statement filed by an individual or an organization.  It must include:

a.      A statement that PDE or a Local Educational Agency has violated a requirement of federal statute or regulations which apply to programs under the No Child Left Behind Act.

b.      The facts on which the statement is based.

c.       Information on any discussions, meetings or correspondence with PDE or the LEA regarding the complaint.

Local Complaint Procedures

1)    Referral - Complaints against the Stroudsburg Area School District will be received in writing by the Principal.   

2)   Acknowledgement – The Elementary Principal will acknowledge receipt of the complaint in writing.

3)   Investigation – The Principal will thoroughly investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve the complaint informally.  If an informal resolution satisfactory to the complainant is reached, no further investigation or action by the District is required.  If the problem cannot be informally resolved, it will be referred to the Director of Federal Programs.

4)   Opportunity to Present Evidence – The Director of Federal Programs may, in his or her discretion, provide for the complainant and/or the complainant’s representative to present evidence.  Such a presentation may include the opportunity for each side to question parties to the dispute and any of their witnesses.

5)   Report and Recommended Resolution – Once the Director of Federal Programs has finished further investigation and taking of evidence, he or she will prepare a final report with a recommendation for resolving the complaint.  The final report will give the name of the party bringing the complaint, the nature of the complaint, a summary of the investigation, the recommended resolution, and the reasons for the recommendation.  The Director of Federal Programs will issue the report to the complainant, complainant’s representative, Superintendent, and Principal.

6)     Right to Appeal – In appropriate cases, the complainant may appeal from the recommended resolution to the Secretary of the Education of the Commonwealth. 

7)     Follow-Up – The Director of Federal Programs will insure that the resolution of the complaint is implemented.

8)     Time Limit – The period between Stroudsburg Area School District’s receipt of a complaint and its resolution shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days.

Filing a Complaint

Complaints should be addressed to the appropriate Building Principal, Director or Division Chief, as follows:

 

 

Dr. Cynthia Miller

            Principal

            Morey Elementary School

            1044 West Main Street

            Stroudsburg, PA  18360

 

Ms. Madeline Demmerle-Acosta

            Principal

            Arlington Elementary School

            853 Flager St

            Stroudsburg, PA  18360

 

Dr. Karen Houck

            Principal

            Hamilton Elementary School

            5531 Hamilton South

            Sciota, PA  18354

 

Ms. Margaret Vitale

            Principal

            Chipperfield Elementary. School

            2015 Chipperfield Drive

            Stroudsburg, PA  18360

 

Mrs. Wanda Lesoine

           Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

            Stroudsburg Area School District

            123 Linden Street

            Stroudsburg, PA 18360

 

Ms. Susan McCrone

            Chief

            Division of Federal Programs

            Pennsylvania Department of Education

            333 Market Street, 7th Floor

            Harrisburg, PA  17126-0333