CREATED Jun. 17, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples attorney is fighting the Collier County School District over planned changes to after school programs. He says the district broke its own policy by not getting parents' input before making the switch.
Erika Donalds collected more than 600 signatures online after she found out her children's after school program known as Sports Club would be cut next year. The program is a mix between academics and athletics.
"They do an amazing job with the kids. My kids beg to got to Sports CLUB. They absolutely love it. It keeps kids active," said Donalds.
The program has been in 11 Collier County elementary schools for years including Laurel Oak Elementary where Donalds kids go to school, but next year the district is cutting the program from some schools.
"We recently got a letter a couple days before school was let out letting us know Sports CLUB would not be operating in school anymore and asking if we want to participate in the school run program," said Donalds.
Donalds isn't the only one fighting back. Steve Bacci, a parent and Naples attorney filed what is called a "notice of protest."
"Filed a notice of protest which triggers a process where they have to either work out a mutual agreement with us or it gets sent to an administrative law judge for a hearing within 30 days to determine whether or not our protest is valid," said Bacci.
Bacci tells Fox 4 the district didn't give parents any say over these changes and that violates the districts own policy.
"Basically just surprised everyone at the last day of school announcing that Sports Club and other programs like it aren't going to be back at some of our schools."
Fox 4 reached out to the district to get their side of the story. A spokeswoman says the district can't comment on pending litigation.