- I am very surprised that you didn't do your homework on this. You need to get the facts of how many people apply for out-of-district, how many are approved, and how many are denied. One of the cases that you are referring to involves a monther that lives in Bradley, Arkansas and works at the Bossier Parish courthouse with Schyler Marvin. HE issued a court order for the child, for no apparent reason other than the mother works for him. Who is doing favors?? Ms. Hays DID NOT deny her, she sent the paperwork in. The mother, impatient, started this whole mess when she was not notified that the child could be enrolled. The child's father lives in Blanchard. I'm sure that every person that wanted to be approved will LOVE to hear that someone from Arkansas can go to a Bossier school because of who she works for. I think that some things need to be clarified. Ms. Hays has worked in the parish for years, and has worked up through the ranks. She has not ever been given favors, and most people who work with her love her. She is a hard worker and she has a lot of responsibility. I have always thought that you have a fair, un-opinionated blog, but this is the worst I have ever seen. This is a matter of public record. How many people think that it is fair that someone can come in from out-of-state and attend our schools, not pay our TAXES, not vote in our area, but benefit from our educational system? Just because she works with the DA and can get a court order? I think you need to do a little more investigating Jim...
- I do try to be fair to all sides, and I will investigate it further.
First of all, the District Attorney cannot issue a court order. The orders that were issued were signed by Judge Robinson, in response to arrangements worked out between the parents and their attorneys.
I already quoted from the order issued which said "that the child be enrolled in Benton Elementary School for the school year beginning in August of 2009, and “continuing until further order of this court”.
There was a fax from one of the attorneys stating that it was understood with Judge Robinson that if there was a problem with the school district, the child would be enrolled in a school near the parents.
Apparently, there was not a problem. The child attended school for the full year.
The parents were told in June of this year that a new court order would have to be issued every year.
Apparently someone in the system did not find Judge Robinson's wording “continuing until further order of this court” acceptable. On June 28th a new court order was petitioned for and signed.
It was at this point that Mrs. Hays refused to honor the court order.
Mrs. Hays' superiors overruled her, from my understanding, and honored the court order.
An order from the court is not a 'suggestion' that you do something. When a judge signs the order, you do it. The school board had legal recourse if they wanted to appeal that ruling.
Finally, you said "Ms. Hays has worked in the parish for years, and has worked up through the ranks. She has not ever been given favors, and most people who work with her love her. She is a hard worker and she has a lot of responsibility."
I'm not disputing what you say, but I am disputing her right to ignore a court order.