Johnson and her husband suffered a series of financial setbacks, including losing their home and having complicating medical problems. They lived with family and friends in different locations, including outside of Henry County, while Johnson searched for a new job, the suit says.
Based on the address given in the residency affidavits, K.J. and C.S. both began school on July 30, 2018 — K.J. at West Lake Elementary School, and C.S. at Union Grove High School. The district initiated a residency investigation on August 1, 2018 to determine whether the boys in fact resided at the friend’s address.
That investigation concluded on August 13, 2018, after a school resource officer with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department interviewed the boys’ grandfather, who lived in Macon and told the officer that the boys slept in his home every night of the week. As a result, the district sent a letter to Johnson at the grandfather’s Macon address on August 14, 2018, informing her that her sons would be dis-enrolled from their schools effective August 17, 2018 because they did not live within Henry County.
The two issues are whether the boys are still considered homeless since the parent has listed a friend’s home in Henry County as their residence and if the address given as their residence is where they actually live.
The court has given Johnson until Oct. 22 to prove her case, but allowed for an extension if needed.