But this caught my eye: “In its 2007-08 budget, the Northport board originally set aside $5,000 for legal costs for the district. In early December it increased that amount to $280,000 and has budgeted $120,000 for the 2008-09 school year, most of which would be used in an appeal depending on how the administrative law judge rules.”
Wow! Sounds like things are getting a little out of hand, especially since the one-school district’s budget is about $3.5 million in total. So I started reading back in the archives of the delightfully-titled Leelanau Enterprise and learned:
1. The hearing has been going on since late October 2007;
2. The superintendent expected 47 witnesses and 600 pieces of evidence to be presented (though I can’t tell if that happened);
3. The father of the student in question is a member of the school board of the district he’s suing;
4. And the residents of the town are trying to recall him!
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.