Edward Williams, 64, of Copley, says he chose to let his grandchildren live with him because he was concerned about them being alone at their mother’s house in Akron.
“She had 12 police reports that her house had been broken in, so what am I supposed to do? Just leave them there?” Williams said, outside his Black Pond Road Home on Wednesday. “I mean, I can protect them better if they was with me.”
The children’s mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar, worked for the Akron City School District and attended classes at the University of Akron. Her father says he felt there was nothing wrong with allowing the kids to stay with him and attend classes in the Copley-Fairlawn School District.
In building their case against Williams-Bolar, the district spent $6,000 hiring a private investigator who followed her and her children between the two houses and school. Poe believes the false claim cost the district an estimated $30,000 in tuition and could have cost tens of thousands more if they had not pursued it.
He believes their investigation was money well spent.
Because the district is predominantly white, and Williams-Bolar is black, some in the area believe there are racial undertones to the district’s motives.
Poe denies that saying, “Regardless of a family’s background, if they live in the Copley-Fairlawn School District, they will be welcomed into the schools with open arms.”
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentenced Williams-Bolar to 10 days in the Summit County Jail for the two charges, both of which are felonies.
The mother was also going to school to be a teacher to help give her children a better life. She was only 12 credits away, now charged with felonies, potential career is in jeopardy.
What do you all think about this? Should the district have invested as much time and money as they had to have her investigated?
Answer by jen2774161 at 5:24 PM on Jan. 26, 2011
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Answer by Scuba at 5:30 PM on Jan. 26, 2011
We moved into a top 5 school in our STATE before my kids are even old enough to attend. '
oh, bully for you. not everyone can afford to live in the best districts.
Answer by autodidact at 5:51 PM on Jan. 26, 2011