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Carlynton board closes in on revised bullying policy

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Revisions to Carlynton School District's harassment and bullying policy are being considered by the school board, which heard the revisions for the first time at the Sept. 16 meeting.

The proposed policy clarifies the definition of bullying as something that occurs “when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does unkind or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending him or herself.” It can be direct, indirect or relational. It also encourages students to report bullying or harassment not just to school faculty but to an adult at home, as well.

In the current policy, building principals are required to notify the superintendent about certain reported offenses, but the proposed policy removes that stipulation.

The final revised policy will be voted on Oct. 21.

In other business, the board approved a long-tabled motion to spend up to $29,491 for a new truck for the maintenance department. The motion had been held up by discussion regarding whether it would be more economical to repair and maintain the old truck or purchase a new one.

The board also approved the following finance items:

• August bills in the amount of $3 million.

• The August athletic fund report with an ending balance of $4,419.

• The August activities fund report with an ending balance of $40,690.

The board also approved hiring:

• John McAdoo as assistant principal of the junior-senior high school. He had been an English teacher in the district for more than 20 years before to being named assistant principal.

• Mary Ferro as a long-term substitute for Carnegie Elementary music classes and Susan Brossman as a long-term substitute for health and physical education at the high school.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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