Ben­ton Board ap­proves web safety item

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­

On Mon­day, the Ben­ton School

Board voted to con­tinue to use in­ter­net fil­ter­ing soft­ware that not only pro­tects stu­dents from in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent, but can also alert school lead­ers if the stu­dents are search­ing for potentiall­y dan­ger­ous in­for­ma­tion — such as sui­cide.

“We are re­quired by law to fil­ter in­ter­net con­tent for stu­dents,” said Tech­nol­ogy Di­rec­tor Sherri Fite.

The soft­ware the dis­trict uses is called Se­curly and ac­cord­ing to Fite, the dis­trict is happy with the soft­ware and it

can be used across mul­ti­ple plat­forms.

“One thing is that it fil­ters and watches for things like if a stu­dent searches for sui­cide or how to com­mit sui­cide or how to blow up a build­ing or how to blow up the school,” Fite said. “If a stu­dent searches for this

dur­ing a cer­tain pe­riod we can go to the coun­selor or prin­ci­pal in each build­ing.”

The board also went un­der a re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of lead­er­ship in the wake of the re­cent school board elec­tion.

Dio Van­nucci will serve as pres­i­dent and dis­burse­ment of­fi­cer while Randy Mitchell will serve as vice pres­i­dent. Hol­ley Lit­tle will serve as sec­re­tary/leg­isla­tive li­ai­son.

Other items ap­proved by the board in­clude:

•Ap­proval of debt ser­vice pay­ments for the 2019-20 school year.

•Con­tract dis­clo­sures for Gwen Wood, Mi­cala Garcia and Holly Bai­ley.

•Ren­o­va­tions to the Howard Per­rin Ele­men­tary School kitchen and Angie Grant Ele­men­tary School cafe­te­ria.

•Main­te­nance and re­pairs to the Ben­ton High School au­di­to­rium and arena.

•A res­o­lu­tion to hold the next school board elec­tion in 2020 on the first Tues­day fol­low­ing the first Mon­day in


•Per­son­nel changes. •Adoption of dis­trict pol­icy changes.

The board also voted to ta­ble a por­tion of the dis­trict pol­icy changes due to the need for fur­ther dis­cus­sion on a pol­icy re­lated to teach­ers trans­fer­ring within the dis­trict.

See an up­com­ing edi­tion of The Saline Courier for com­plete details.

All meet­ings are open to the pub­lic and at­ten­dance is en­cour­aged.

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