Non-discrimination Disclosure

The Polson School District Board of Trustees does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, or disability in employment, educational programs or activities.

Handling Complaints

Informal procedures can resolve many complaints. Informal procedures solve complaints without formal paperwork and are not subject to filing a form 1700F. The District will consider complaints that are resolved using informal procedures to be as serious as complaints handled under formal procedures. Informal procedures have the following advantages to the affected parties and the District:

  • - Processes are less frightening. Less litigious and less costly
  • - Confidentiality is easier to protect for all parties
  • - Publicity is less and peer pressure may be less
  • - Process can be educational for perpetrators
  • - Process is less adversarial – less “your word against theirs”
  • - Sanctions used can be more creative and effective

Note: Informal procedures are only possible if the parties voluntarily agree.

Formal procedures may be initiated at any time during informal procedures, or initiated without taking any informal procedures. The following are formal procedures:

  • - File a formal complaint using the Uniform Grievance Procedure- Policy 1700
  • - File a formal complaint using collective bargaining agreement grievance procedure.
  • - File a formal complaint with the Montana Human Rights Bureau (either under state or federal law with the EEOC).
  • - File a formal complaint with the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights in Seattle

Important Contact Information

Polson School District #23
111 4th ave E
Polson, MT 59860

Cherry Valley School 504 Coordinator

Rhonda Crowl, Principal
Phone 406.883.6333 ext 502•Fax 406.883.6332

Linderman School 504 Coordinator

Kristin Wilson, Principal
Phone 406.883.6229 ext 401•Fax 406.883.6365

Polson Middle School 504 Coordinator

Jesse Yarbrough, Principal
Phone 406.883.6335 ext 301•Fax 406.883.6334

Polson High School 504 Coordinator

Peter Hamilton, Principal
Phone 406.883.6351 ext 203•Fax 406.883.6330

Polson School District IDEA Coordinator

Tim Berg, Director of Special Services
Phone 406.883.6351 ext 259•Fax 406.883.6330

Polson School District Title IX Coordinator

Carl Elliott, Director of Support Services
Phone 406.883.6355 ext 603•Fax 406.883.6345

Polson School District American’s with Disabilities Act Title II Coordinator

Rex Weltz, Superintendent
Phone 406.883.6355 ext 600•Fax 406.883.6345

Polson School District Equal Employment Opportunity Title VII Coordinator

Carl Elliott, Director of Support Services
Phone 406.883.6355 ext 603•Fax 406.883.6345

Polson School District HIPAA Privacy Officer

Rex Weltz, Superintendent
Phone 406.883.6355 ext 600•Fax 406.883.6345

Office of Public Instruction, PO Box 20251, Helena, MT 59620-2501, Phone 406.444.3161

Montana Human Rights Bureau, PO Box 20251, Helena, MT 59624, Phone 406.444.4344, Toll-free 800.542.0807

US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office, 915 Second Ave., Rm 3310, 10-9010, Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Phone 206.220.7880, Fax 206.220.7887, TDD 206.220.7907, email OCR.Seattle@ed.gov 

Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-5920