POINT PLEASANT — At Thursday’s meeting of the Mason County Board of Education, board members approved to place several policies on a five- and 15-day review and comment periods.
The board approved to place policy 4370-Seniority For Service Personnel on a five-day review and comment period. Superintendent Suzanne Dickens explained the change in this policy regarding substitute bus drivers and custodians, saying the change will limit substitutes to be listed in only one category. Dickens continued, saying the reason behind the change is to ensure the proper amount of bus drivers are available when needed and that employees will not lose their seniority.
Dickens also explained the reason for only placing this policy on a five-day review as opposed to a 15-day review with the remaining policies, saying the updated policy is needed as soon as possible so Mason County Schools has the appropriate number of bus drivers needed.
Board members also approved to place the following policies on a 15-day review and comment period:
Policy 2230-Program of Study Early Childhood, policy 2230.01-Program of Study Middle Level Education, policy 2230.04-Program of Study Intermediate Elementary, policy 2260-Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity, policy 2600-Educational Program, policy 0100-Definitions, policy 0130-Functions, policy 0160-Meetings, policy 1422-Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity, policy 3131-Reduction In Force-Classroom Teachers and Other Professional Staff, policy 3140-Early Notification of Retirement Professional Personnel, policy 3142-Non-Renewal of Probationary Teacher Contract.
Policy 3122-Professional Staff, policy 3124.01-Probationary Contract, policy 3124.02-Continuing Contract, policy 3130.01-Transfer, policy 4130-Assignment and Transfer of Service Personnel, policy 4131-Reduction In Force-Service Personnel, policy 4140.01-Early Notification of Retirement Service Personnel, policy 4142-Non-Renewal of Service Personnel Probationary Contract, policy 4122-Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity, policy 4124.01-Probationary Contract, policy 4124.02-Continuing Contract Service Personnel, policy 5350-Student Suicide, policy 5611-Discipline-Student Due Process Rights, policy 5830-Student Fund Raising.
Policy 5136-Personal Communication Devices, policy 6550-Travel Payment and Reimbursement, policy 6621-Change Fund, policy 6680-Recognition, policy 6320-Purchases, policy 7530.02-Staff Use of Personal Communication Devices, policy 7542-Access to County Technology Resources from Personal Communication Devices, policy 7530.01-Board Owned Personal Communication Devices, policy 8462-Student Abuse and Neglect, policy 8600.04-Bus Operator Certification, policy 8651-Nonroutine Use of School Buses, policy 8402-Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools, policy 9211-School-Support Organizations, policy 9800-High School Diplomas for Veterans, policy 5421-Grading, policy 5430-Class Rank.
In addition to Superintendent Dickens, board members present were Thomas Nunnery, Randy Searls, Greg Fowler, Paul Sayre, and Dale Shobe.
The Mason County Board of Education will meet again at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26, at the Mason County Career Center.
(Note: More on the remaining approved agenda items will appear in a later edition.)