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Written by The Herald-News Monday, 17 October 2011 17:25
During their meeting Monday, Oct. 10, Frontier School board members discussed, at length, the possible pitfalls and advantages of technology use.
Superintendent Christine Eggar presented to the board information she had received at a recent workshop regarding some of the problems relating to privacy, liability and improper etiquette that are arising because of technology.
Among the topics discussed were the pros and cons of teachers being friends with students on Facebook, Twitter and use of cell phones during school hours.
Board member Dr. Mark Zilkoski felt education on the subject was extremely important and that there are “professional” ways to utilize Facebook, etc. He urged Eggar to include training for staff on the subject during PIR days.
Policy updates regarding staff and/or student use of technology will be developed and presented at a future board meeting.
Jacob Bauer and Lacy Dickenson were approved as substitutes, pending receipt of satisfactory background checks.
The board voted to open the negotiated agreement with the teachers’ union to correct wording regarding the pay rate for one extracurricular position. The negotiation team will meet with union representatives to work out the correction to the contract and bring the updated version for approval at the November meeting, which will be held Nov. 14.
Coaching staff hires were approved: Jed Loucks, seventh/eighth grade boys’ basketball; Dick Ryan, fifth/sixth grade boys’ basketball; and Perry Lilley, fifth/sixth grade girls’ basketball.
The board approved an addition to the job description for paraprofessionals. The job description now includes, “Direct recess activities and assure safety of students.” Eggar told the board that paraprofessional staff are currently doing this and she wanted to update the job description accordingly.
Under the dean’s report, it was noted that the gravel has been put around the bus barn and work is underway to get electricity installed.
The school count was 128 students.