Policy changes win school-board OK

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By Vince Luecke

LEOPOLD - Perry Central School Board President Charlie Etienne gave first readings to 18 new and amended school policies at a regular meeting Nov. 19.

The verbiage he introduced, which received the school board's blessing and will be presented for final adoption next month, was made necessary by changes in state law, or in some cases, entirely new laws adopted by legislators and were recommended by NEOLA Inc., a company that helps school districts develop and update board bylaws and policies and administrative guidelines.

The new and revised policies cover conflicts of interest and ban gifts and gratuities to board members from individuals and companies with vested interests in board decisions.

Other changes affect staff leaves of absence and a change in state law now allows excused absences for students who are members of Civil Air Patrol programs.

Also new is a state law that requires schools to present information to parents of incoming female sixth-graders about cervical cancer and an immunization against the human papillomavirus infection. Schools won't give the immunizations but will present information from the State Board of Health and can refer parents and students to the county health department.

Student Council

Perry Central School Board members also heard about the activities of the school's student council, with faculty sponsor Mary Jo Hagedorn and three student officers sharing news of recent activities of the student-led group.

"We appreciate the time to talk about the student council and all that it does for the school," said Hagedorn.

Officers Kendall Troesch, Kylee James and Dani Esarey outlined student efforts to collect for food pantries that serve the Perry Central School District. Those food drives, which invite students to bring in canned and other nonperishable food items to school, have been a success, they said.

Student council members also oversee hallway decorating to boost student spirit and escort presenters for career day and other special events and are sponsoring a coat drive through Holiday Helpers United.

School Personnel

The board gave votes of approval to new staff and resignations. Shana Ludwig's employment as an instructional assistant was approved, with Kelisa Hubert serving as a substitute bus driver. Mark Goffinet was named junior-high girls basketball coach with Rob Cason serving as dance-team coach. Mark Rhodes' resignation as an instructional assistant and Kris Walsh's resignation as junior high football coach were also approved.

The final 2007 meeting of the board is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.