Bay District School board discusses changes to expulsion policy

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

School Board members discussed changes to the district's zero-tolerance expulsion policy Tuesday.

Currently, any student at-risk of expulsion must go before the school board for a hearing. While the student waits for that hearing, he or she is temporarily suspended from school.

Tuesday, the board discussed giving Superintendent Husfelt the authority to decide the student's punishment, allowing him to place the student in an alternative program instead of expelling them.

"99 times out of 100, the school board, if they expel the student, they give the student the option to go to an alternative program. So, it's already there except that you have to go through the expulsion process. You end up having the expulsion on the record of the student and you take away some of the incentive to do what they ought to be doing already," said the School Board’s Attorney, Franklin Harrison.

The board plans to hold a public hearing on the policy change before taking a vote.

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  • by DaveV Location: PC on Jul 14, 2011 at 05:05 AM
    Anytime zero tolerance is in place you have a police state scenario. I understand what they were trying to do and the concept was good but it eliminated common sense and rational thinking amongst the school board and school staff. I do think children are out of control and need to understand consequences for their actions, and unfortunately parents ( not all cases ) seem to prefer leaving that to someone else even though it's part of being a parent. I say revise your rules so that they involve parents and force them to become involved in the kid's lives.
  • by Will Location: Pensacola on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    So what if there is an expulsion of the student's record. The school board thinks we care. You don't control us. We don't have to go to your stupid schools.
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