The notice from the board said he could not financially support himself, as required, Bittinger said.
“I feel I can financially support myself. I have been financially independent for a while,” he said.
Information sought in a public records request filed with the district Wednesday, Oct. 7, including correspondence between Bittinger and school officials/board of education had not been provided late Thursday afternoon.
Bittinger said he and his mother met Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with Superintendent Mark Stefanik but no resolution was found.
A petition protesting the order for Bittinger to leave school was posted on social media earlier in the week.
Stefanik said he couldn’t talk about a situation involving enrollment of a specific student but could discuss the process in general.
The four-page 5111 policy outlines a number of situations and if a student would be eligible to attend the district. The provision in question appeared to be the eligibility for tuition-free education.
The vetting of students to see if they met the district’s enrollment policies began once schools opened their doors for the fall, Stefanik said. More than one student situation was vetted but he could not say if there were other students notified they were not eligible to attend the district, he added.
“I am getting questions and getting input,” Stefanik said of emails being received from the community.
Theresa Dunaway, school board president, Wednesday morning referred all questions to Stefanik, who joined the district as superintendent this summer.
Bittinger said he tried to contact the board members – Dunaway, Corine Doll, Joellen Heatherly, Anne Zakkour and Simon Patry – and received a standard reply.
He said he plans to go active duty in the military after graduation but hopes to finish his senior year in a familiar setting.
“I would love to graduate from Tipp,” Bittinger said.