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New policy introduced for weather closings

The Brookhaven School District is looking into a plan that could help prevent weather days from being made up.

One policy presented by Stephanie Henderson, deputy superintendent, would give Superintendent Ben Cox full authority to cancel classes in the event of extreme weather. While Cox currently makes that call, the new policy would enable Cox to make that call without making up the days in certain situations.

Cox said the downside of the policy would be that teachers would not be paid for the days that were cancelled. However, they presented a second policy that would introduce emergency leave (up to 10 days) that teachers could only use on days in which school was cancelled.

Cox said with both policies, pay would not be affected and weather days would not have to be made up if the weather fits certain criteria.

A third policy presented added e-cigarettes and vapory products to the tobacco prohibition definition.

The policies were presented as first readings. The policies will be distributed to the schools for feedback.

In other board business:

• Mullins Principal Janee Harrison presented to the board Career Cruising. The program allows students at the alternative school to go through a program that helps provide information about potential careers and post-secondary schools.

• The board approved a request to raise meal prices for 2015-2016 to $2.50 for full-priced student lunches. Everything else will remain the same. This is the first increase since 2011.

• The board approved travel to Kentucky for a construction student and teacher at the Brookhaven Technical Center to attend the National Skills USA Conference in June.

• The board approved for engineering students at BTC to travel to Texas to attend the National Technology Student Association Conference in June.

• The board approved for the Brookhaven High School Band and band director to travel to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2016.

• The board approved to advertise for the public budget hearing to be held on June 16 at 6 p.m.

• Marilyn Dow-Harris asked the board, on behalf of the Southern Wildcats football league, to use King Field for four home games in the fall. The board tabled the decision until they received a recommendation from Athletic Director Tommy Clopton.