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Trustees to tackle policy on smoking

Halifax County School Board members will revisit the schools’ smoke-free policy during their regular scheduled board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the public meeting room at the Mary Bethune office complex.

Questions were raised at the last meeting after Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon said she had received several phone calls from people complaining about the smoking and smell of smoke coming into the school buildings.

Currently the policy reads, “Smoking, chewing or any other use of any tobacco products by staff, students and visitors is prohibited on school property.”

However, staff is currently permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas on school property.

Herndon asked board members, “Does this policy say what we want it to say?”

Board members decided to postpone any action on the matter until the April board meeting.

In other business, Herndon is expected to recognize art winners in the Virginia School Board Association Southern Regional Art Competition, and Scottsburg Elementary School Principal Catherine Glass will give a presentation on that school’s activities. 

Under new business, board members are expected to receive a Virginia School Board Association policy manual update from Executive Director for Administration Valdivia Marshall.

Marshall also is expected to review the guidelines for awarding teachers credit for previous experience in the workforce.

Director of Finance Jay Camp is expected to review the bus purchase resolution with board members.

Director of Operations and Maintenance Larry Roller is expected to seek approval for a high school roof replacement bid and purchase of firefighting/EMS equipment.

Director of Elementary Education/Professional Development Linda Owen is expected to present board members with a proposed calendar make-up day for March 25.

Supervisor of Special Education Jeff Davis is expected to seek approval for the 2013-2014 special education annual plan.

Prior to adjourning, board members are slated to go into closed session to discuss personnel and student discipline.