An issue that has festered for more than a year was resolved on March 18 when the District 65 School Board approved, by a 5 to 2 vote, an amendment to Board Policy No. 6:120 dealing with the Education of Children with Disabilities. The amendment adds language that an Individual Education Program (IEP) will not be altered unless an IEP team reconvenes (subject to applicable laws) and reaches a consensus that the change appropriately meets the individual needs of the child.

The language was hammered out with the District’s lawyer at a Board Policy Committee meeting on March 13. Superintendent Hardy Murphy and the District’s lawyer said the amendment was unnecessary, but acceptable, because it was encompassed in more general policies of the Board.

Mr. Rykhus pressed for the amendment saying he was concerned with the way changes were made to IEPs in three of last four summers. Dr. Murphy maintained the changes were made in accordance with Board policy and applicable law.