BOE wants pub­lic in­put on pro­posed pol­icy changes

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion (BOE) is re­view­ing pro­posed re­vi­sions to two New­ton County School Sys­tem (NCSS) poli­cies and wants the pub­lic’s in­put on the changes.

The school board will vote on the pro­posed re­vi­sions at its July 22 com­bined meet­ing.

Stu­dent as­sign­ment pol­icy

NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Samantha Fuhrey will rec­om­mend Pol­icy JBCC be adopted as re­vised. Cur­rently, NCSS Board Pol­icy does not pro­vide guid­ance for sib­lings of stu­dents en­rolled in spe­cial in­struc­tional pro­grams, and the re- vi­sion ad­dresses hard­ships fam­i­lies may face in re­gards to get­ting mul­ti­ple stu­dents to dif­fer­ent schools.

If this re­vi­sion is adopted, “sib­lings of stu­dents who are en­rolled in a spe­cial in­struc­tional pro­gram may be al­lowed to at­tend the same school if the par­ents agree to pro­vide trans­porta­tion.”

This out-of-zone as­sign­ment “will ap­ply for the du­ra­tion of the time a stu­dent is en­rolled.” If the stu­dent at­tend­ing the spe­cial in­struc­tional pro­gram grad­u­ates or com­pletes the high­est grade level, the sib­ling can stay at the school un­til grad­u­a­tion or com­ple­tion of the high­est grade.

Stu­dent hear­ing pro­ce­dure pol­icy

Fuhrey will also rec­om­mend Pol­icy JCEB be re­vised. The BOE ap­proved changes in the stu­dent dis­ci­plinary hear­ing pro­ce­dure in fall 2010, mov­ing from a “tri­bunal” process to a “hear­ing of­fi­cer” model. How­ever, the pol­icy was not mod­i­fied in ac­cor­dance with the change, so an ap­proval of this re­vi­sion would make the pol­icy match the prac­tice that has been in place since 2010. If this re­vi­sion is adopted, two mem­bers of the ad­min­is­tra­tive staff will serve as hear­ing of­fi­cers, as op­posed to three mem­bers who make up the hear­ing tri­bunal.

The poli­cies, in­clud­ing the pro­posed re­vi­sions, can be found at new­ton­coun­tyschools.org. To pro­vide feed­back to the school board on ei­ther or both of these poli­cies, email info@new­ton.k12.ga.us.

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