New policies adopted for Brookhaven School District

Published 11:22 am Thursday, November 17, 2016

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.

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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.