Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
October 21, 2013
UNION COUNTY — After investigation of another complaint, the U.S. Department of Education again determined the Union County School District was not at fault.
On Thursday, the Union County School District received official word from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights regarding a complaint filed May 22. The letter stated that the complainant alleged that the district retaliated against her and her niece because other students on the cheer-leading squad at Union County High School received their equipment/supply bills in December 2012, while the student did not receive her cheerleading bill until four days before graduation, despite repeated requests for the bill.
The letter stated, “In conducting this investigation, OCR reviewed documents provided by the Complainant and by the District. OCR also interviewed the Complainant and the District personnel to gather information regarding the allegations. After carefully considering all the information obtained during the investigation, OCR found insufficient evidence to support these allegations.”
The letter stated that the school district provided evidence that the mother of the student had received information about cheerleading costs as early as May 2012, and the student was informed as early as March 2013 that she had a cheerleading bill she needed to pay. Specifically, the student’s mother attended two cheerleading meetings in May 2012 at which the coach provided an estimate of the cheerleaders’ expenses for the 2012-2013 season.