Madison School Board to consider student conduct policy changes
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
The Madison School Board will consider removing about nine pages from the Madison High School handbook that offer descriptions to students about the code of conduct and attendance policy at the high school when it meets on Monday in the new board room.|
The school board members will review a proposal to insert an overall declaration that the high school will have a policy that "provides an effective and orderly learning environment, and at the same time, assures all students the right of due process and fundamental fairness."
The new language would eliminate the code of conduct outlining behavior that includes use of school buses as student transportation, bans on controlled substances and hazing, fighting, gross teacher disrespect, vandalism, stealing and parking violations. The proposal would also remove specific language regarding student absenteeism, arranged and unexcused absences, tardiness and truancy.
Later during the meeting, the board members will consider adopting all of the district policies for the 2013-14 school year and approving the high school and middle school student handbooks and the technology student handbook.
The revised high school handbook contains a new policy that school officials will no longer distribute diplomas at graduation ceremonies. The new graduation policy will also authorize the withholding of diplomas and issuing fines to students if school officials charge them with not following graduation ceremony rules of conduct.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., the school board will hold its meeting in the board room in the recently-constructed combined library located near the entrance to the high school.
Before the opening meeting for the new school year, the current board members will hold a short meeting to complete school district business for the 2012-13 school year. Immediately after adjourning, the school board will open a second meeting to start the new year.
The second meeting will start with school officials swearing in one new member and two re-elected board members. Charles Moore, the newly-elected member, and incumbents Tom Farrell and Ryan Hegg will take the oath of office for their three-year terms.
After the swearing-in, the board members will hold the election of president and vice president.
In other business, the school board members will consider:
-- Approving personnel actions that include hiring Tim Eckart as the new band director for the middle and high schools.
-- Approving participation in the emergency school bus assistance pact sponsored by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.
-- Approving the publication of the district's staff salaries for the next school year.
-- Acknowledging the board members representing the Madison Central Educational Foundation.
-- Appointing Brad Franken, Rob Honomichl and Kurt Heeren as surplus property appraisers.
-- Authorizing the school district's membership in the S.D. High School Activities Association.
-- Reviewing the recommendations offered for changing the rates for food service at the schools.
-- Approving agreements with Madison Community Hospital regarding therapy and nursing services.
-- Approving the proposals provided by the Chester, Oldham-Ramona and Rutland school districts for busing open-enrolled students.
-- Setting a date for a school board planning/goal-setting retreat.
-- Holding an executive session to discuss legal matters.
After the executive session, members will discuss the status of renovations at the high school and consider taking a tour of the construction sites.