Title I Complaint Policy

GBK (2)


Issued: 01/07

Rescinds: GBK (2)

Issued: 11/98

The Georgetown County School District recognizes that a procedure is required whereby individuals and/or organizations can be assured of a prompt and fair disposition of their grievances.

These complaint procedures shall be disseminated, free of charge, to all interested parties.

A complaint is a signed statement that includes:

a. One or more allegations that the Georgetown County Schools or the South Carolina State Department of Education has violated a Title I requirement.

b. Information that, if true, indicated in sufficient detail that there has been a violation. It is recommended that the complaint cite each specific Title I requirement alleged to have been violated.

c. All documents supporting the allegations.

d. The name and address of the party or parties alleging the violation.

The complaint should be addressed to the Title I Coordinator, who is housed at the District Office.

Within five (5) days of receipt of a complaint, the Title I Coordinator will notify the complainant in writing of a time, date, and place for the complainant or the complainant’s representative, or both, to present evidence, including an opportunity to question parties involved. Parties involved in the complaint will be notified of the time, place, and date of the meeting by the Title I Coordinator.

Within five (5) days after presentation of evidence and discussion of resolution of the complaint at the meeting, a written statement of resolution will be provided to the complainant by the Title I Coordinator. The investigation and resolution of the complaint shall not exceed thirty days unless a longer period of time is provided by the State Department of Education due to exceptional circumstances in accordance with regulations established by the Commissioner.

If the complainant elects to appeal the decision to the State Department of Education, the complainant shall submit the notice of intent to appeal in writing to the State Department of Education within thirty days after receipt of the final decision of the Georgetown County Schools. The State Department of Education will set into motion the official appeal procedure.

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