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104.1 - Equal Educational Opportunity

The following statement is to be published in written and electronic form in the district’s official documents and on the district’s website.

It is the goal of the board to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in the students enrolled in the school district. Each student attending school will have the opportunity to use its education program and services as a means for self-improvement and individual growth. In so doing, the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that assures each student the same educational opportunity.

The Linn-Mar Community School District does not to discriminate on the basis of age (for employment), color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status (for programs), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, genetic information, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, military status, socioeconomic status (for programs), pregnancy, or familial status in its educational programs and its employment practices. The belief in equal educational opportunity serves as a guide for the board and employees in making decisions relating to school district facilities, employment, selection of educational materials, equipment, curriculum, and regulations affecting students.

Further, the school board affirms the right of all students, staff, and volunteers to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and harassment. In the delivery of the educational program, students will treat the employees with respect and students will receive the same in return. Employees have the best interest of the students in mind and will assist them in school-related or personal matters if they are able to do so. Students should feel free to discuss problems, whether school-related or personal, with school counselors or other employees.

Board policies, rules, and regulations affect students while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles, while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district.

Board policy refers to the term “parents” in many policies. The term “parents” for purposes of the Linn-Mar Community School District means the legal parents, the legal guardians or custodians of a student, and students who have reached the age of majority or are otherwise considered an adult by law.

The school board also requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, executive orders, rules, and regulations pertaining to bullying/harassment, compliance, and equal opportunity.

There is a grievance procedure related to this policy. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the district’s equity coordinators. (Refer to Policy 104.1-R)

Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Coordinator:
Karla Christian, Chief Officer of Human Resources
319-447-3036 /

Equity Coordinators:
Nathan Wear, Associate Superintendent (Secondary Level)
319-447-3028 /

Bob Read, Associate Superintendent (Elementary Level)
319-447-3016 /

Special Education/Student Services Equity Coordinator:
Melissa Frick, Executive Director of Student Services
319-447-3663 /

Address: 2999 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252

Inquiries regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, are directed to the affirmative action coordinator listed above.

Inquiries regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VI Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 / 312-730-1560 / Fax 312-730-1576 / / the Iowa Civil Rights Commissioner at or 515-281-4121; or the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319 / 515-281-5294. This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint to the local level.

Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the district’s central administrative offices and the administrative office in each attendance center.

Adopted: 11/08
Reviewed: 10/11; 5/14; 9/16; 3/23
Revised: 9/10; 4/13; 7/17; 10/17; 11/18; 6/20; 2/21; 10/23
Related Policy: 104.1-R; 104.1-E1-E5; 400.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 216.6; 216.9; 256.11; 280.3
IASB Reference: 102
Mandatory Policy