DBOE accepts CSFO contract, approves handbook changes

DBOE accepts CSFO contract, approves handbook changes

By Cassie Gibbs

cgibbs@southeastsun.com

The Daleville Board of Education approved school handbook changes during a special-called meeting on Wednesday, July 31.

“We have just made a few minor changes, nothing that would require policy change, to our student handbooks at each site,” Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps said.

Daleville High School Principal Josh Robertson told the board changes were made to the dress code portion of the handbook.

“Under the dress code, under the hair color section of it, we’ve added in there that we’re going to have administrative discretion on the hair color situation because there are times where things are kind of minor that they do that may not be natural color, but it may just be a streak of something they put in,” he said. “The neon, full head kind of stuff, we’re going to deal with and make sure they’re not a distraction to the learning environment.”

He also said the school’s cellphone policy was adjusted to not allow any cellphone use on campus.

“Last year, we let them use them at break and at lunchtime,” he said. “We decided to take that out and just go back to not letting them use it at all.”

He said cellphone use would be classified as a Class I offense.

Additionally, Robertson said the handbook includes changes to the grading weights of all honors courses.

Windham Elementary School Principal Chris Mitten said most of the changes to the elementary school handbook were wording and format changes.

“One of the things we did add in was on field trips, that it would take prior approval and extenuating circumstances for a parent to pick up on a field trip,” he said. “If they ride the bus there, they have to ride the bus home, unless they have prior approval or extenuating circumstances. That’s a liability and safety concern.”

He said the school also updated the over-the-counter medication policy to be in line with state standards, and school dress code policies were updates.

In other business, the board voted to accept the contract with Jessica Anderson as the new Chief School Finance Officer, allowing Chairman Steve Kirkland to execute the contract on the board’s behalf. The board approved hiring Anderson during its July 24 meeting.

The board also approved the following personnel changes:

Resignations:

Rose Dawson, Pre-K Auxiliary teacher;

Employments:

Kim Cook, Pre-K Auxiliary teacher at WES;

Mikelle Noreen, second-grade teacher at WES;

Paul Payne, special education teacher at DHS; and,

Amanda Zorn, special education teacher at WES (long-term substitute with Kelly Services pending certificate and praxis scores).

The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the central office.

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