At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Moffat County School Board:
• Adopted adjusted calendars for the 2008-2009 school year. The calendar is nine days shorter than the current schedule to adjust for capital construction projects during the summer. To make up for the lost days, 25 minutes were added to each school day. The change will also make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a holiday for students and teachers.
• Accepted a second reading of a district-wide policy regulating the use of electronic devices in school. The policy requires students to keep cell phones and other electronic devices turned off and concealed during the school day. The School Board made the decision after hearing input from community members on the issue. Superintendent Pete Bergmann said that while the policy pertained exclusively to students, teachers and other school staff would be expected to follow the policy. The policy went into effect immediately and will soon be available on the district's Web site.
• Accepted second readings on policies regarding gifted and talented education, student code of conduct, bullying prevention and education, weapons in school and student expression of rights. The policies were based off of suggested policies provided by the Colorado Association of School Boards. The policies went into effect immediately.
• Approved first readings of policies regarding salary schedules, homeless students, non-discrimination/equal opportunity for students and employees and sexual harassment. The policies will receive a second reading at the school board's next meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 27 A public hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. to allow staff, students, parents and community members to voice their opinion on the policies.
In other news:
Pete Bergmann announced the district has selected Christine Villard as Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan's replacement. Sheridan is scheduled to retire June 30. Villard is currently the district's director of student services.