Stu­dents Sug­gest School Im­prove­ments


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — Farm­ing­ton School Board’s Septem­ber meet­ing only lasted about 30 min­utes and in­cluded two short pre­sen­ta­tions from stu­dents at Farm­ing­ton Ju­nior High.

Prin­ci­pal Joe McClung said stu­dents from the school’s EAST class have been pitch­ing ideas on ways to im­prove the cam­pus and im­prove the cul­ture of the school.

Two groups pre­sented their ideas.

One group wants to doc­u­ment the dis­trict’s past and present by in­ter­view­ing teach­ers and stu­dents. The other called its project Car­di­nal Academy. The stu­dents pro­posed cre­at­ing ed­u­ca­tion videos to help stu­dents with com­mon prob­lems inside and out­side the class­room.

Other stu­dents, McClung said, would like to im­prove land­scap­ing in front of the ju­nior high build­ing and im­prove safety along Dou­ble Springs Road.

Nathan Og­den, ju­nior high as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal, pro­posed a new dis­ci­pline pol­icy for the school. Board mem­bers re­ceived the pro­posal be­fore the meet­ing and Su­per­in­ten­dent Bryan Law asked them to look over the doc­u­ment be­fore the Oc­to­ber board meet­ing.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Law said the pro­posed pol­icy was “not set in stone” and that parts of the plan may be amended to fit poli­cies in place at other Farm­ing­ton school build­ings.

Og­den pro­posed chang­ing some of the ver­biage in the hand­book for con­sis­tency and clar­ity as far as dis­ci­pline.

The pro­posed dis­ci­pline pol­icy has pro­ce­dures to fol­low for four sep­a­rate cat­e­gories of im­proper stu­dent be­hav­ior.

For Cat­e­gory 1, for ex­am­ple, any dis­ci­pline is at the dis­cre­tion of the build­ing prin­ci­pal. Cat­e­gory 1 in­cludes mis­be­hav­ior such as dis­rup­tion and in­ter­fer­ence with school, pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion, gam­bling on school prop­erty and violations of es­tab­lished class­room or school rules.

Cat­e­gory II shows that im­proper stu­dent be­hav­ior could in­clude an­gry out­bursts, dis­re­gard of rea­son­able di­rec­tions or com­mands, dam­age of school or pri­vate prop­erty, in­ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire, pos­ses­sion of to­bacco re­lated prod­ucts or elec­tronic cig­a­rettes or tru­ancy.

Im­proper stu­dent be­hav­ior in Cat­e­gory III in­cludes pos­ses­sion of drugs, use of drugs, as­sault of an­other stu­dent, bul­ly­ing, ver­bal abuse, pos­ses­sion of a knife or sim­i­lar in­stru­ment that might cause in­juries, in­de­cent ex­po­sure or gang re­lated ac­tiv­ity.

Cat­e­gory IV in­ci­dents could in­clude as­sault of a school em­ployee (on and off school prop­erty), pur­chas­ing or of­fer­ing for sale nar­cotics, drugs and al­co­hol, pos­ses­sion of a firearm, bomb or ter­ror­is­tic threat, break­ing or en­ter­ing a school fa­cil­ity or com­puter tres­pass.

The pol­icy out­lines dis­ci­plinary ac­tions for Cat­e­gories II-IV, based on whether it is a stu­dent’s first in­frac­tion or sub­se­quent in­frac­tions.

The pro­posed pol­icy in­cludes a re­fer­ral sys­tem that of­fers staff the abil­ity to re­fer stu­dents for pos­i­tive be­hav­ior, Og­den said. It also would help with com­mu­ni­ca­tion with par­ents and helps doc­u­ment any im­proper be­hav­ior and con­se­quences ap­plied.

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