“The only change in this policy is its title to coincide with the change Georgia School Boards Association made to its sample policy,” Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said. “This was not a required change, but made sense to us. The former title was ‘Interrogations and Searches of Students.’ We don’t interrogate them, we interview them when there is cause to do so.”
The new title is “Interviews and Searches of Students.”
The board also approved clarification changes for reporting of student harassment.
The approved language reads, “Any employee who has reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to suspect that someone is a target of bullying shall immediately report it to the school principal. Any person who reports an incident of bullying in good faith shall be immune from civil liability for any damages caused by such reporting.”
Curriculum Committee Chairperson Pat Broadnax provided an update on system technology initiatives, including a grant application and the upcoming January vendor fair.
“We are in the process of upgrading our network wireless in order to have more capacity for current and future technologies,” Clouse said. “This is a several month process, which we plan to have completed by the end of this school year.
“Some of the necessity to do this has to do with the Striving Readers Literacy Grant, which will probably use more wireless connectivity in our schools. We are having a vendor fair on Jan. 7 for all of our teachers to review possible technologies, materials and software to support increased literacy skills with all students K-12.
“The fair will be held in the new multipurpose facility on the middle school campus. Teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to review and discuss with various vendors — currently 37 vendors are scheduled to be in attendance that day — about their products so that we can make an informed decision about the direction to head with those efforts.”
Earlier this year the city received a $2.4 million Striving Readers Literacy Grant.
“Our proposal is from birth on to do the exact same thing, communicate literacy to our community and address the needs of students in various agencies that work with children that could potentially lag behind in their development,” former Director of Curriculum Peggy Cowan said. “... We’ll have intensive training for our teachers, pre-k on, and we’ll invite our community partners to be involved in some of the training.
“In terms of the literacy development of all children, we’ll put in universal screenings so we’ll know where each child is in their development and be able to address the specific needs of each child in terms of literacy, and literacy is reading, writing and communication, it’s not just the reading component.”