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New policies adopted for Brookhaven School District

The Brookhaven School District adopted final drafts for six new policies in Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, following a month-long period where staff could read the policy and provide input.

Included is a policy clarifying the board’s function — “to provide leadership and citizen oversight to the district’s schools” — and a curriculum development policy requiring “the superintendent and administrators to provide a curriculum of instruction that meets the academic needs of all children in the school district.”

The curriculum development policy also clarified that programs for limited-English students should focus English-language instruction and integrating those children into the mainstream classrooms.

The board also approved two policies for curriculum development resources and planning which further enumerated board and administrator responsibilities and the criteria for selection of instructional media and equipment.

A new conflict resolution policy was also approved. The State Board of Education developed a list of conflict resolution and mediation materials for schools beginning in the 2007-2008 school year.

The new policy requires that BSD incorporate those practices into school policies and codes of conduct.

In other business:

• The board accepted a donation for Brookhaven Elementary from the Parent Teachers Association in the amount of $491.90 to purchase two Chromebooks.

• The board approved a request for the choir to travel to Dallas, Texas in 2017.

• The board accepted a $1,114.34 donation to athletics from the Hardwood Booster Club and Soccer Booster Club for the expenses of each group.

• The board approved to set up a blood drive with Mississippi Blood Service at Brookhaven High School on Dec. 15.

• The board accepted a $1,495.25 donation for Lipsey from their PTA to purchase playground benches.

• The board approved a contract between BES and Jostens for the preparation of the 2016-17 BES yearbook.

• The board approved a rental agreement for three copiers for 48 months from Ricoh Inc.

• The board went into executive session to view a data presentation pertaining to individual students. No action was taken.