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Policy changes fill schools agenda

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

The Wilson County Board of Education had a full plate at its Monday meeting. 

In addition to releasing the names of the director of schools candidates to be interviewed Saturday, the board approved several items.

A first reading to adopt changes to the system’s student wellness on physical activity and nutrition policy was recommended for approval by Interim Director of Schools Mary Ann Sparks.

“There’s a new policy called all foods sold in school standards, and this brings us up to meet those standards. We also are concerned about increasing allergies in our schools, so there is a portion in here that talks about teachers and staff and what they’re permitted to bring to school and under what circumstances,” Sparks said.

The board unanimously approved the changes.

Another change Sparks recommended centered on the recently adopted code of conduct.

“We adopted the code of conduct previously, however, there is nothing in there that talks about the unauthorized departure from the bus; this [change] does take issue to that and gives some leeway to principals.”

The board also approved the change.

Other items approved included:

• changes to the testing programs policy on final reading.

• changes to the policy regarding pediculosis or head lice on final reading.

• changes to a policy regarding the student disciplinary hearing authority on final reading.

• adoption of the textbook list for the upcoming school year.

• a recommendation from the committee for transferring the name of the old Watertown High School stadium to the new Watertown High School stadium. Board member Bill Robinson abstained.

• recommended changes to the 2014-15 school calendar.

• a budget amendment to cover the cost of buying a new bus, as well as items for the new Watertown Middle School.

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