N. Col OKs student transfer

"This was discussed at a board meeting," she said, "They knew at that time it was a request."

Don had a much stronger testimony during the board meeting, calling the decision a "disaster" and claiming the members of the board figured the conflict would go away two years after the annexation.

"If you guys would have said two years ago that this wasn't going to happen, I wouldn't be here," he said. "I'm not an ass all the time. This is about my kid, and I feel very strongly. And I'm not going to go away. You're going to see me at the next few meetings, and do I want to do it? Absolutely not."

Don stressed during his speech that he already signed the first check to their lawyer in an effort to fight the school in court, saying he was willing to spend the money on it.

"Do you want to spend money?" he asked the board. "I don't know why you would. And I know some of you are business people, just like us. Why spend money on something you don't have to?"

Nordolillo said the initial decision to not allow Brittanie to transfer to Watervliet was due to fiscal constraints and because school officials believed she would be fine going to Shaker High School.

"She seemed to be well-adjusted and doing well," Nordolillo said of Brittanie's tenure at Shaker Junior High School.

Ultimately, the board decided to let Brittanie transfer to Watervliet.

At 9:30 p.m. that night, after the Clickners returned home, they received a call informing them of the decision. Several attempts to contact the Clickners regarding the decision were unsuccessful.

Nordolillo said it was a difficult decision to make, but the board did not want to break up the Clickner family.

"The decision was made in light of the fact that Brittanie would not have been happy going to Shaker and because we didn't want to split the family," she said. "This was always the dilemma for us."

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