Friday, February 13, 2004

Student misses Fairfield High

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - Sarah Godsey returned to school this week, but at Hamilton High School.

Her family is still trying to find a handicap accessible home in Fairfield or Fairfield Township so Sarah can continue in the Fairfield schools, where she's attended classes since kindergarten.

"She's been welcomed in Hamilton with open arms,'' said John O'Shea, the family's attorney. "She still wants to go to Fairfield. Her mother enrolled her in Hamilton because she didn't want (Sarah's) education to be interrupted.''

Last summer the Godseys moved into the Tylers Creek complex, which straddles the Fairfield/Hamilton school boundary. Unknown to them, their three-bedroom handicap accessible unit was in the Hamilton side of the complex.

To give the family time to move back into the district, officials allowed Sarah to remain at Fairfield Senior High School through the end of the semester, Jan. 23, and had her mother sign an agreement to that effect.

Last month Sarah's mother asked that she be allowed to finish her sophomore year at Fairfield although the family had not yet found a home in the district. Their plea was turned down.

A lawsuit against the Fairfield Schools is pending.


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