Houston school board approves additional roadwork at Langston Road Elementary

jmink@macon.comJanuary 14, 2014 

PERRY -- The Houston County Board of Education will partner with the county government to complete additional roadwork at the new Langston Road Elementary School in Perry, school board members unanimously decided Tuesday during a school board meeting.

The $252,000 additions will include sidewalks, curbs, gutters, stormwater piping and an additional turn lane from Lake Joy Road to Langston Road.

The Houston County Commission requested the additional construction as part of its roadwork project and will reimburse the school board for the entire construction cost once the project is completed. The commissioners approved the partnership Jan. 7. The project is funded by the special purpose local option sales tax, Scott Hill, director of facilities for Houston County schools, said Monday during a school board work session.

Langston Road Elementary is scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

School board members also unanimously re-elected Marianne Melnick as school board chairwoman and Fred Wilson as vice chairman.

“It is a great honor for me to serve with you and to serve this great school system,” Melnick said.

Parent demands resignation after 2010 incident

A parent addressed the school board, requesting the resignation of a majority of the school board members and some school administrators after he claims a sexual harassment incident that occurred in 2010 was not handled properly. The man, who has called for the resignations before and says he will continue to do so, claims his daughter was sexually harassed by two boys while attending middle school, and the incident was not immediately investigated. However, the U.S. District Court ruled in the school district’s favor.

A 2011 decision by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights stated the district did not thoroughly investigate the complaint in accordance to an amendment, which oversees districts that receive federal financial aid. The school board passed a resolution in 2011 to remedy the Office for Civil Rights’ complaint, according to U.S. Department of Education documents obtained by The Telegraph.

However, a 2013 decision by the U.S. District Court in Macon ruled in favor of the school district and dismissed the Office for Civil Rights findings.

The court found that school officials investigated the incident properly and were not deliberately indifferent to the complaint, according to court documents.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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