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Clinton CSD Equity Final Jan 29

Clinton CSD Equity Final Jan 29

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Published by Connor W. Anderson
Jan 2010 Educational Equity Review by State of Iowa for Clinton IA School District. Outlines successes and areas needing improvement.
Jan 2010 Educational Equity Review by State of Iowa for Clinton IA School District. Outlines successes and areas needing improvement.

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Helping Communities Meet the Learning Needs of All Their Children and Adults
Grimes State Office Building - 400 E 14th St - Des Moines IA 50319-0146
PHONE (515) 281-5294 FAX (515) 242-5988
January 28, 2010Richard Basden, SuperintendentClinton Community School District600 South 4
StreetClinton, IA 52732Dear Superintendent Basden:The Department of Education would like to express appreciation for the courtesies extended to TomAndersen, Jan Kuhl, Fidelis Ubadigbo, Martha Yerington, and Gary Schwartz during the educationalequity review conducted in conjunction with the comprehensive school improvement site visit at yourschool district on October 26-28, 2009. The purpose of the on-site review was to ascertain thecompliance status of your district in accordance with federal and state civil rights laws including theVocational Education Program Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination.The primary purpose of this letter is to set forth the findings of the visit. These findings are organizedinto three components: areas of strength and observations, concerns and recommendations, andareas of noncompliance. Legal citations are included where compliance is an issue.The second purpose of this letter is to formally request a
voluntary compliance plan
be submitted toDel Hoover within 60 calendar days of the date of this letter, on or before
March 29, 2010.
Thecompliance plan must directly address each area of noncompliance identified in the letter and mustcontain the components listed in
Attachment A,
an enclosure with this letter and be
signed anddated by the Superintendent
. In the event you disagree with the findings of noncompliance, theprocedure for an appeal is also enclosed (
See Attachment B
).If you desire clarification of the contents of this letter, please contact Del Hoover, DeputyAdministrator, Division of PreK-12 Education (515/281-8402) or Tom Andersen, Consultant for Equityin School Improvement, Division of PreK-12 Education (515/281-3769). Continued technicalassistance for any issue or concern that may arise within your district is available through theDepartment of Education. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and your continued interestin ensuring that our educational programs effectively serve all our students.Sincerely,Del Hoover, Deputy Division AdministratorDivision of Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
cc: James McGraw, School Board PresidentTom Andersen, Jan Kuhl, Fidelis Ubadigbo, Martha Yerington, Gary Schwartz, Equity Review TeamMembersTom Cooley, AEA 9 CoordinatorEquity Review FileEnclosures: A - Components of Voluntary Compliance PlanB - Appeal ProcessC - Legal Citations
Educational Equity ReviewClinton Community School DistrictSummary of Team Findings
October 26-28, 2009
Iowa Department of EducationGrimes State Office BuildingDes Moines, Iowa 50319-0146
Equity Policy, Process, and Procedures
This section includes issues related to the board policies, the functioning of theequity coordinator, the grievance procedure, and the dissemination of informationregarding those three items to parents, staff, students, and the community.
Strengths and/or Observations
 1. The Clinton Community School District has an enrollment of 3,981students,fifty one percent (51%) of whom are males and forty-nine percent (49%) ofwhom are females. Forty nine percent (49%) of the District
‟s students
qualify for free and reduced lunches. Approximately nineteen percent (19%)of the students have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and receive specialeducation services. Both the percentage of students who qualify for free andreduced lunches and the percentage of students in special education aresignificantly above the state average. There are forty-seven (47) Englishlanguage learners enrolled who are receiving English language assistance.Seventeen percent (17%) of the District
‟s students represent minority
racial / ethnic groups. This includes twenty-four (24) American Indian, fifty-five (55)Asian American, 188 Hispanic, and 408 African American students.2. The school board has adopted and updated a policy related to non-discrimination in programs and employment. The policy covers bothemployment and programs and includes the protected classes of race,color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, creed, marital status,sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. The policyprovides a support and direction for the administration and staff toimplement a proactive equity program.3. The school board has adopted and updated policies related to harassment,bullying, and hazing of students and staff. This policy provides direction forthe staff to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students.The policy covers all the necessary protected classes including sexualorientation and gender identity.4. The school board has adopted a policy which commits the District toimplement affirmative strategies to recruit and hire persons from diverseracial / ethnic groups, men and women, and persons with disabilities in jobcategories where they are underrepresented within the District. This directsthe District
‟s efforts to provide
diverse role models for a diverse studentpopulation.5. The Human Resources Director has been designated to serve as the equitycoordinator for the school district. He has responsibility for coordinating the
Agency‟s efforts to comply with Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational

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