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School board considers complaint policy

The Decatur city Board of Education introduced a revised policy Thursday for handling student complaints.

The policy requires students to submit a complaint to the teacher or principal as a first step, instead of starting with the superintendent.

If students are dissatisfied with the results with the teacher and principal, they may file a written appeal to the superintendent within five days. Within 10 days of receiving a complaint, the superintendent can request a conference with the student or render a written decision.

The proposed revision also would eliminate the word "grievance" from the policy because grievance deals more with an employer and employee.

The board will vote on the revision at a future meeting.

- Paul Huggins

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