Okemos student gets second chance

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Dean Bolton, Okemos board of education member, opposed the reinstatement of Okemos High School student for reasons unavailable to the public.

Dean Bolton, Okemos board of education member, opposed the reinstatement of Okemos High School student for reasons unavailable to the public.

Okemos student gets second chance

By Alexia Rodarmer

The Meridian Times

Everybody makes mistakes and every mistake has a consequence.  Some consequences a can be resolved and some take time to solve.

On March 11, a student from Okemos High School was expelled.  The student petitioned the Okemos Board of Education for reinstatement.

As provided by Michigan.gov, a students who has been expelled from their high school is allowed to write a petition.  If the students are under 18 years of age, must have a legal guardian write the petition with them.  The student, and if necessary, the legal guardian, gives their petition to the board of education within 150 days after the date of the expulsion.  The board reviews the petition.  If the petition is accepted, the student can be reinstated 180 days after the expulsion.

The Okemos Board of Education held a closed meeting with the Okemos High School student March 23.  Due to the meeting being closed, further background information about the student’s expulsion is not public, according to Board Member Amy Crites.

After discussion, the board voted 6-1 to reinstate the student.

Board Member Dean Bolton opposed the reinstatement for reasons kept private to the public and for courtesy to the student.

The Okemos High School student will be reinstated effective during the 2015-2016 school year.

 

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