Murdered boy not enrolled for 2000-01 school year

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Remsen-Union Community School officials didn't see any red flags to raise their suspicions about Timothy Boss' absence, according to Gary Battles, R-U superintendent, Monday, because the boy was not enrolled as a home school student for the 2000-01 school year.

Donald L. Boss, Jr., the boy's father, is accused of first degree murder in Timothy's death, which authorities believe occurred around July 1, 2000, when the boy was 10 or 11 years old.

Battles said Monday that the children of Donald and Lisa Boss, left school near the end of September 2001. Their school records were requested by a Michigan school Oct. 1 and were sent to that school district Oct. 10.

The Bosses are the parents of 11 children seven biologically, and four special needs children.

Two of the Boss' adopted children were enrolled in home schooling through Remsen Union during the 2001-2002 school year and the 2000-2001 school year. One was in the preschool handicapped program for two years and was enrolled in transitional kindergarten at the beginning of this school year, according to the RU superintendent.

The first year that any Boss children were enrolled at R-U or in the home school program was 1999-2000, Battles said.

He explained that when children are schooled at home, there is limited contact with school officials.

During the first year enrolled, they are tested using a standardized test (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) by a school counselor or the Area Education Agency to determine a base level of learning. Then they are tested a year later, usually in the spring at the R-U district, to see if they've made a year's growth. If not, the Iowa Department of Education may place the student on probation for another year and if no progress is made that year, then the state requires they attend public school.

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