Jefferson County Parent Sends Child To Oldham County School

by Devin Katayama on August 29, 2011

A Jefferson County parent has been accused of illegally enrolling his child in the Oldham County School District.

Charles Lauron now faces possible jail time and fines for enrolling his son in North Oldham Middle School and a district where state mandated test scores exceeded the state average. But his child belongs in Jefferson County schools where test scores are significantly lower than that.

Last week, officials filed a complaint against Lauron and said his child can no longer attend schools in the district, said school district counsel Anne Coorssen.

Lauron was using the address of a friend who lived in Goshen, she said. There are around 100 cases like this a year, but they’re hard to prove, said Coorssen.

“This happens more commonly now with the economy the way it is as people are living with relatives or friends,” Coorssen said. “So it’s hard to ascertain whether they are really living there or not. We don’t want to dig too deeply into personal or family situations.”

The district plans on investigating each case that’s suspected, she said. And the district will go as far as to follow parents to and from school to prove their case. Lauron owes the district an estimated $3,300 per year since 2003, when his son was first enrolled in Oldham County schools, said Coorssen who hopes this case will set an example.

“This is not a one time thing. We’re hoping that parents will come forward when they see this case and voluntarily withdrawal their children and put them in the right school district,” she said.

Lauron’s arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 26. The county attorney will decide whether to prosecute after reviewing the evidence, said Coorssen.

JCPS officials the student has not yet been registered in its system and asks that privacy be maintained.

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