School Board to meet with Administrators regarding discipline policies
The Northfield School board met last night for the first time since deciding not to expel a student who had a bb gun in his vehicle on school grounds. On the agenda was a discussion regarding their process for reviewing District Discipline policies and procedures. Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson said, “I think there is some real interest on the part of the Administration of trying to get a handle on whether the Board is comfortable with the policies that are currently laid out”. The current policy identifies all the different types of infractions, what’s a 1st, 2nd and 3rd offense and if there’s a possibility of expulsion. Richardson said it’s clear they need to take a look at the policies and the tipping point that would warrant expulsion. Administrators want to handle situations consistently rather than case by case. Richardson says they’re trying to find the balance, adding that, with nearly 1300 high school students, they’d be spending all their time figuring out an appropriate punishment if they heard each case. He also said that he believes kids prefer consistency. When students don’t know what the outcome might be, adolescents will push to find out where the line is. Richardson wants it very clear to students and parents where the line of expulsion is. He said there are typically a few incidents each year where a student could be expelled, “in many cases, however, when students get to that level, they will choose to withdraw voluntarily”. When they do, they can attend the ALC, take classes online or go to another school that will accept them. Most cases are never heard in the public arena as was the recent Bamonte-Grebis case wherein supporters opened it up. It’s important to note that Bamonte-Grebis is 18 years old. The rules vary with students age but it’s generally at adolescence where they make the biggest mistakes. The Board has agreed to a work session with all the building administrators and are they comfortable with the current expellable offenses or do they want to revise any.
Council to discuss Rules of Business, the Armory and their Strategic Plan
The Northfield Council meets tonight for a work session. They’ll discuss and review their Rules of Business regarding meetings and work sessions. They’ll talk about the pros and cons of public versus private ownership of the Northfield Armory and they’re being asked for direction regarding development of their strategic plan. Mayor Graham will be in studio at 7:20 tomorrow morning with a recap. You can view the meetings in real time on the City’s website. click on Meeting Portal. It starts at 7pm.
And the Award goes to….
The Arts and Culture Commission announced their 2016 Living Treasure Award recipient, Jan Shoger. The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s arts and culture. Shoger will officially receive the award, presented by Mayor Dana Graham, on Thursday, January 28th at 7 pm at The Grand Event Center. The public is invited to attend. The ACC also invites the public to a special event marking the start of the 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Competition. You’re invited their Kick-off event on Saturday at 2 pm at Content Bookstore. Poetry contest entries will be accepted at the Interim Library location at City Hall during the month of February. All are welcome!
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