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Weapons policy updated for schools to add common sense
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jul 17, 2014 | 1109 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The June meeting for the Jones County Board of Education covered topics on the national stage, such as an update to its weapons policy and a change in policy for special education students.

Assistant Superintendent Estelle Jacobs presented the revision of the school system’s weapons policy at the July 7 meeting. She said the purpose of the change is to give the system more flexibility. In the past, possession of any weapon on campus was automatic expulsion, and the new policy looks at each instance on a case-by-case basis.

School Superintendent William Mathews said weapons are still not allowed on campus but the new policy adds a common sense component. He said the revised policy would remove the automatic expulsion and allow an administrative review.

Last week’s meeting began with a report from Chairman Ginger Bailey, a change that came about during a June work session. The report was previously at the end of the meeting.

Bailey talked about the Board’s summer conference and said each Board member has chosen a school council to attend meetings. She announced next month’s open houses at the high school and middle schools Aug. 1 and elementary and Pre-K Aug. 4, all from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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