Education Law: Representing Local Public Schools


Donald J. Ruberg has represented local public school districts in northern Kentucky for the past 40 years. Don is experienced in every facet of school law, including personnel matters, student discipline, construction and other contract matters, daily organizational issues, special education and other due-process hearings. Donald handles claims involving both private schools and institutions of higher learning in Kentucky, as well. Don has appeared in federal and state courts, as well as before other administrative bodies.

Our firm is experienced in all facets of education law:

School Board Representation

Donald Ruberg serves as general counsel for multiple school districts throughout northern Kentucky. He provides advice and counsel to school boards and school administrators on a variety of issues, including:

  • School board policies, procedures and governance
  • School finance/Redbook/tax levies
  • Affordable Care Act
  • School governance
  • Charitable gaming
  • Contracts
  • Booster clubs
  • Business issues
  • Bidding/bid disputes/model procurement code
  • School property acquisition and disposal
  • Insurance matters
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Open Records Act
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Office of Education Accountability (OEA)
  • Residency
  • Tuition
  • Real estate matters
  • Contracts
  • Charter schools
  • Core curriculum
  • Student testing
  • Home school
  • Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA)
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Risk management
  • Crisis management and public relations

Special Education

Donald Ruberg provides representation and advice to school boards on special education matters, including:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Section 504
  • Admission & Release Committees (ARCs)
  • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Due process hearings and related appeals
  • Compensatory education
  • Mediation

Bullying And Harassment

Donald Ruberg provides representation and advice to school boards on student bullying and harassment matters, including:

  • Peer-to-peer harassment
  • Peer-to-peer discrimination
  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying

Student Matters

As a school law attorney, Donald Ruberg provides representation and advice to school boards on a variety of student matters, including:

  • Student discipline – suspension and expulsion
  • Peer-to-peer harassment, discrimination and bullying
  • Sexting
  • Student records and privacy
  • Residency
  • Student athletic participation, eligibility and Title IX compliance Issues
  • Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA)
  • Mandatory reporting of criminal misconduct/child abuse/neglect
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • Transportation
  • Truancy
  • Grading and testing
  • Curriculum
  • School safety
  • Student enrollment and residency-related issues
  • Dress codes
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

Employment-Related Matters

Donald Ruberg counsels boards, as well as individuals, regarding employment-related matters, including:

  • Teacher certification
  • Teacher tenure
  • Teacher discipline, including termination and suspension.
  • Contract nonrenewal
  • Evaluations and appeals
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Education Professional Standards Board
  • Tribunal hearings
  • A reduction in force (RIF)
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination based upon age, race, national origin or religion
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

School Construction

Donald Ruberg provides representation and guidance to school boards on school construction matters, including:

  • Bidding and bid disputes
  • Interpretation of payment and performance bonds
  • Review AIA contracts and construction contracts
  • Selection of architects, engineers and construction managers
  • Financing
  • Construction defect claims
  • Regulatory and statutory compliance
  • School construction project litigation


Donald Ruberg continues to represent boards of education in court and administrative hearings throughout Kentucky and has successfully defended matters involving:

  • Special education appeals
  • Civil rights
  • EEOC complaints
  • KHRC complaints
  • OCR complaints
  • Personal injury
  • Kentucky Open Meetings Act
  • Kentucky Open Records Act
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Employee misconduct
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Employee nonrenewal, suspension and termination matters
  • Reductions in force
  • Whistleblower litigation
  • Contract disputes
  • Unemployment insurance appeals

Schedule A Consultation About Your Education Law Concerns

Call 859-344-6742 or send an email inquiry for a prompt response.