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County School Board upholds discipline of DCHS student

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Dyer County School Board upheld a decision of the Disciplinary Hearing Authority at its regular November meeting.

Dyer County School Board Chairman Mike McLaughlin provided a short timeline on the events leading up to an appeal by the family of a Dyer County High School student reprimanded to the alternative school this fall. McLaughlin reminded board members they were bound by both student confidentiality and the contents of record during the review.

"The record states there was an incident on Sept. 12 at the high school between a couple of students," said McLaughlin. "Due to the severeness of the incident, the student was sent to the alternative school for six weeks."

McLaughlin said the record states the Discipline Hearing Authority met on Oct. 17 and upheld the recommendation of the principal for the six-week remandment to the alternative school. An email dated Oct. 22 informed board members that the student's family had accepted their right to appeal.

Dyer County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dwight Hedge provided a copy of the statute board members must follow in the case of an appeal of the Disciplinary Hearing Authority.

"No information may be added to the record from either party," Hedge said prior to the meeting. "The board has three choices, to vote to have a hearing, to uphold the decision of the Disciplinary Hearing Authority or to reduce the punishment."

Dyer County School Board representative Carol Feather moved to uphold the decision of the Disciplinary Hearing Authority, with William May adding a second. The motion passed, unanimously by all members present at the meeting. The only school board member absent from the meeting was Bruce Kerr. Maria Starks was late, but arrived in time for the vote.

"Let the minutes reflect that each of you received a comprehensive record and all have had an opportunity to review it," said Hedge.

Also at the meeting, Dyer County School Board representatives:

* approved a $500 bonus for regular employees who work more than six hours each day and a $250 bonus for regular part-time employees who work less than six hours each day. Employees included in the bonus program do not include substitutes.

The agenda states that employees of the Dyer County Board of Education have not received a local raise in approximately four years. McLaughlin said the bonus follows action recently taken by the Dyer County Commission regarding its employees. Hedge said commissioners recommended the bonus for employees of the school system.

Dyer County School Board representative William May moved to approve the bonuses, with Ross Maldonado adding a second. The motion passed unanimously by all present at the meeting. Kerr and Starks were absent from the vote.

* approved funds from the 2012-2013 Extended Contract be allocated to provide tutoring at DCHS. With the removal of intersession and with tutoring programs already in place in the system's elementary and middle schools, officials would like to use the funds to include DCHS in the system's tutoring program.

Dyer County School Board representative Steve Dodds moved to approve the funding, with Feather adding a second. The motion passed unanimously by all present at the meeting. Kerr and Starks were absent from the vote.

* May requested an update on the DCHS Little Theatre, with Hedge announcing plans to have the theater finished by spring break, or the end of the academic year at the latest.

* McLaughlin provided school board members with an excerpt from the TSBA handbook concerning creating an evaluation system for the superintendent, reminding them the task should be high on their priority list after the first of the year.

* The next meeting of the Dyer County School Board will not feature an agenda. A Christmas party is scheduled in lieu of the organization's December meeting.

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