HCS Policy Manual: Miniature Horses: 156 words. Pinnacle School: 0 words.

Can someone explain to me why the 2012 – 2013 Huntsville City Schools Policy Manual includes a 156-word policy on miniature horses and not a single word about its new private sector alternative school, The Pinnacle School and its Elk River Treatment Program, which Frank Spinelli, chief financial officer for the school system, estimates will cost Huntsville taxpayers “about $1.2 million” next year alone?

4.14.4 Miniature Horses – The school district will make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a miniature horse by an individual with a disability if the miniature horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability. In determining whether reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures can be made to allow a miniature horse into a specific facility, the school district must consider the following factors:

a. The type, size, and weight of the miniature horse and whether the facility can accommodate these features;

b. Whether the handler has sufficient control of the miniature horse;

c. Whether the miniature horse is housebroken; and

d. Whether the miniature horse’s presence in a specific facility compromises legitimate safety requirements that are necessary for safe operation.

All additional requirements outlined in this policy, which apply to service animals, shall apply to miniature horses.

I had no idea unhousebroken miniature horses were such a problem in Huntsville’s schools.

I’ll leave the horse manure jokes to someone who still finds these clowns amusing.

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8 thoughts on “HCS Policy Manual: Miniature Horses: 156 words. Pinnacle School: 0 words.

  1. I suspect they know who can and who can’t afford lawyers before the supe at his sole discretion makes the offer they can’t refuse. And I regret to say that the ACLU gave me exactly no guidance when I asked one simple question regarding confidentiality last year. Of course in Lawyer Land there is no such thing, I know. They write ’em, but won’t explain ’em. Not for nothing, anyway. We pay our lawmakers once to write laws and then pay and pay to get them explained.

    Better to take the lawyering up $$ and head to civilization, imho.

    Of course, here there is no policy to review!!! A $1.2 million contract paid for with your money and mine that will affect kids 24/7 and not a whisper about how, exactly, or even generally, or for that matter vaguely, this thing will go down.

    I mean, really.

    • We won’t hear about it until something bad happens to somebody’s child. Emphasis on “somebody’s”, we won’t hear about it if something happens to nobody’s child.

  2. Agree on need for disclosure and policy on Teepees, etc, but if a miniature horse showed up at your school as a helping animal I suppose you’d want guidance too. http://www.guidehorse.com/
    Quick question re Elk River: Can the school system compel a child to go there or only refuse to offer them other placement if they decline to live in a teepee. thanks.

    • Agree about horses — it is just peculiar what isn’t in the manual. I read it to find answers to just the type of question you ask, and found nothing at all. My feeling — and you see — no policy stated=no facts — is that the system cannot. My understanding is that the Elk River Treatment is offered as an alternative to expulsion. But the legality of it is mind-boggling to me. Faced with the choice between expulsion and sending my kid off to an undisclosed location that I can’t visit unannounced any time of day or night for a stay of indefinite duration, I’d say, go right ahead and draw up the expulsion papers. Then I’d make haste to one of the few states like Vermont where a kid need only be 16 with parental permission, does not need to be a resident, and doesn’t need the permission of his school district to test for a GED.

      • Faced with the choice between expulsion and sending my kid off to an undisclosed location that I can’t visit unannounced any time of day or night for a stay of indefinite duration, I’d say, go right ahead and draw up the expulsion papers.

        Then I would hire the best attorney I could find. The problem is for those who can’t afford an attorney. This policy is like saying eat or die. Paging the ACLU.

  3. Can someone explain to me why this isn’t being reported in the mainstream media? I mean, really, the same media who dogged Ann Roy Moore’s every move is turning a blind eye to all of this.

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