A New England man’s grandfather says he says he and his grandson were forced to swim in a swimming pool because of a lack of funding, and they have filed a lawsuit against the school and the district that operated the pool.
The suit, filed in federal court in Tallahassee, Florida, says a pool at a public school in Milton, New Hampshire, has a $500-per-day fee for the first four weeks of classes, but only after a student finishes two days of the course is that fee waived, and a student can still attend classes.
The lawsuit says the school failed to provide the parents with adequate financial support to cover their son’s costs of attending the pool, and that the district has not paid for any of the lessons since the first week of classes in February 2016.
“There was no plan in place,” the suit says.
“The district’s failure to provide basic financial support is a clear violation of the federal ADA.”
In the lawsuit, the grandfather, who asked not to be identified, says the family has spent about $2,000 on swimming lessons, and the family was promised a full pool fee, but that has not been provided.
The family said it’s trying to collect more money from the school, but said the pool is only open to first-time students.
The grandfather said the family does not understand why the district didn’t provide the pool with any extra funding.
He said the school has no records showing the money that was promised for the pool was spent.
The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.