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.