Equity Review and Findings

As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the Ottumwa Community School District is required to comply with federal and state laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and disability.  The guidelines require each state agency responsible for the administration of career and technical programs to conduct compliance reviews.  The purpose of our onsite review was to determine the school’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments protecting individuals from discrimination based on sex, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibiting discrimination based on disability, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

Ottumwa was selected for review based on the Iowa Department of Education’s targeting plan, which requires review of subrecipients with the highest disparities between their total enrollment and CTE (Career and Technical Education) enrollment on the basis of race, sex and disability.  

Included in this report from the state are the findings from their visit in September.  The findings are summarized into eight major areas for review:

  •  Administrative requirements
  •  Recruitment, admissions, and counseling
  •  Accessibility
  •  Comparable facilities
  •  Services for Students with Disabilities
  •  Financial assistance
  •  Work-study, cooperative placements, and job placements
  •  Employment

The letter of findings includes strengths and recommendations and any areas of noncompliance for which corrective action is required.  

The letter of findings from our visit is linked below.  The visit assisted us in identifying areas where improvements were needed as well as suggested.  We have addressed nine of the eighteen areas at this time, and we will be working to address the additional nine areas over the course of the upcoming months.  

Please feel free to review the information included in this report and reach out to the district office staff with any questions you may have regarding the document or the steps we will be taking to address the various areas contained within.  We appreciate the support of our parents, community partners, and school board as we continue to engage, educate, and empower every student every day.  -- Superintendent Nicole Kooiker