Benton Board approves web safety item
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.