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  • Mount Markham board adopts Dignity For All Students Act

  • Mount Markham Board of Education held a public hearing on Tuesday evening, regarding the new Dignity For All Students Act. During the hearing, the district introduced the new state wide legislation which prohibits all forms of bullying, discrimination and or harassment of students.



    Superintendent Casey Barduhn said the policy gives instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.

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  • Mount Markham Board of Education held a public hearing on Tuesday evening, regarding the new Dignity For All Students Act. During the hearing, the district introduced the new state wide legislation which prohibits all forms of bullying, discrimination and or harassment of students.
    Superintendent Casey Barduhn said the policy gives instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.
    Through the policy, there will be one employee at every school designated as the Dignity Act Coordinator. According to the Dignity for all Students Policy, “each coordinator will be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender and sex.”
    The policy was adopted after the hearing during the board of education meeting and will be implemented in the student code of conduct for the 2012-13 school year.
    The board also adopted the new state Concussion Management policy which requires coaches and teachers to undergo training that outlines the process and procedures to take if a concussion is suspected.
    “Coaches and teachers will need to go through the measures with students and athletes to explain how concussions can be reduced and how to properly address a concussion if one ever occurs,” Barduhn said.
    In other business, Mount Markham board members discussed how to use left over funds from the district’s Capital Project, an Excel aid project which began in 2007.
    “We’ve reached a point where a small amount of money is still left. The question is what are the possible pieces in the district that need to be repaired or replaced,” stated Barduhn. “Right now we’re making it a priority to provide a laundry list of possible fixes.” Currently, the board is waiting on word from a financial consultant as to which repairs could fall within context of the originally funded Excel aid.
    Since the Capital Project began in 2007, work has been done in each of the district buildings including roof repair, new heating and ventilation systems, re-wiring and, in one building, the plumbing was updated.
    • Barduhn and the board acknowledged the district’s grounds workers for getting the buildings ready for school. “They have done an outstanding job and everything looks great for the new school year,” Barduhn said. He also thanked the district office for doing paperwork over the summer months and getting ready for the new year.
    • The Mount Markham Central School District tax warrant for the 2012-13 school year is $6,191,518. The 2012-13 tax season will commence on Tuesday, Sept. 4 to Oct. 5 with no penalty and from Oct. 6 to Nov. 5 with a 2 percent penalty.
     

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