Clarksville family sues school system after zoning issue

(Courtesy: The Fair family)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Clarksville family has filed a lawsuit against the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System following a zoning issue.

The Fair family has three kids. Two attend Clarksville High School and one attends Richview Middle School.

(Courtesy: The Fair family)
(Courtesy: The Fair family)

The fair family told News 2 they were forced to un-enroll their three kids because they have a business address that the school system is claiming they reside in.

Despite their efforts to prove their primary residence is across from Richview Middle, they said they were told their kids had to transfer to another school zone.

“Our primary residence was told to me that it’s where you lay your head. If that was the question, then that’s not a question of where primary, secondary is because the apartment would be primary,” Stacey Fair told News 2. “I mean they’ve got the copy of the lease all I think it’s like 20 pages. They’ve got the water bill, electric bill. They have even our medical insurance that I printed out.”

The family is also seeking a restraining order and an injunction that would bar CMCSS from forcing the children to enroll in a school other than the ones they were already enrolled in.

“These folks live in the district, they have a residence in the district, they rented a place so that the children could walk to and from school. It’s a perfect situation and for some reason the school system doesn’t want to accept that,” attorney Mark Olson told News 2.

We reached out to the school system who says they received the petition and will have to respond to it in court.

All three of the teenagers are currently not enrolled at any school.

One of their teens was a Clarksville high football player and his team has had to give up games they won this season. Now the football team has lost its chance at the playoffs.

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