Trust funds because the children are minors so the money is deposited in a trust account for their availability when they are 18. They may apply to probate court before then for funds for special needs which have to be approved by probate court,” Newman added.
The settlement was paid from insurance held by the school district.
In one complaint filed with the department’s Office of Civil Rights, the mother of two biracial children alleged bullying and racial slurs in and outside school. School officials disciplined a student and cleaned a slur off a bathroom wall after one incident.
A racist posting on the Instagram social network in March 2015 was directed at a boy at the junior high school. Then-Superintendent Mark North said district officials determined the incident involved activity off school grounds and referred Allen to police.
Another complaint noted multiple incidents of harassment and bullying of a girl by students and teachers at Lebanon High School.
In a settlement a week ago with the federal office, the district also agreed to issue an anti-harassment statement sent to parents, published in district newsletters and posted in prominent locations in the community and on the district website.
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In addition, the district is to revise its policies on racial discrimination and harassment and provide an employee training program on racial discrimination and harassment for approval by the federal office.
Also, the district is to form districtwide and student committees to “foster a positive educational climate free of racial discrimination and harassment,” according to the settlement signed on Aug. 22 by Yohey.
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“This agreement will become effective immediately upon the signature of the district’s representative below,” according to the settlement.
The school district has already been working on building diversity awareness for two years, said Yohey, hired by the district in June 2016.
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Most of the claims involved the junior high, although there were claims involving the high school and messages posted on the Instagram social network.
The settlements were approved by the Warren County Probate Court.