COMBINED LOCKS - An area boy with a rare skin disease has a new battle his mom is trying to overcome for him.
It's where he can attend school.
And after some confusion and delays, there may be a solution soon for 6-year-old Charlie Knuth.
Knuth is slowly bouncing back after his second stem-cell transplant. He spent months in Minnesota for treatment, returning home to Darboy in October.
But whether he can continue to attend school in a district other than his home district has become a new hurdle.
"I was hoping for them to say, it's all worked out now. He's re-enrolled and it's time to start school. I was never expecting to get a phone call from Superintendent Bob Mayfield telling me they had denied him," said his mother, Trisha Knuth.
Trisha Knuth says Charlie has been open enrolled in the Kimberly district since 2010. She says Kimberly terminated his enrollment while he was in the hospital, then denied re-enrollment. She brought the issue in front of the Kimberly School Board Monday night.
"It's so important Charlie stays in the same school district with the people that know him, he feels he belongs there," Knuth said.
"We want Charlie here," said Superintendent Bob Mayfield. "So it's never been an issue about that, it's about following the rules."
Kimberly Superintendent Bob Mayfield says there are various factors behind the decision - primarily, following state law.
He says one factor is that the family lives in another district and the regular open enrollment period has closed.
However, he says there are exceptions to state law, and that's what the district is trying to work out.
"Charlie is from the Kaukauna School District and in order to do any open enrollment conversation, we need everyone to be involved to talk about the plan," Mayfield said.
Either way, Knuth says she feels deceived by a district she trusted. However, both sides do plan to meet Tuesday morning.
The superintendent says he has a plan.
"We think they're going to like it very much," Mayfield said.
"I'm hoping that's the case," Knuth said. "It has to be the case for Charlie."
Charlie's mom says he would need more home-bound services at first, then would slowly return to a classroom.
And that, Mayfield says, has also been a big challenge. However he hopes Tuesday's meeting will address that.
All three of Charlie Knuth's older siblings are also open-enrolled in Kimberly schools.
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