D203 School Board 12/02/13

Teen Dating Violence Policy

At the latest district 203 school board meeting, deputy superintendent Kaine Osburn read the policy, which defines teen dating violence as a behavior in which one person in a dating relationship uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control the other person or uses or threatens to use sexual violence.

As of August 6th of this year, the state mandates that every school district in Illinois adopts such a policy by January 1, 2014.

The district will acquire the necessary training and materials for the professional staff and will incorporate teen dating violence instruction into its existing health education for 7th through 12th graders.

Any suspected incident of such violence during school or on school property, including transportation, will be reported to the principal or other administrator immediately.

This was the first reading of the policy and the board plans to vote on it at their December 16th meeting.

Process for Adding New Sports

The board also turned down a prior request to make lacrosse an official school-sponsored sport but this prompted board members to discuss the process for adding new sports.

Possible qualifications for adding a sport include:
-High participation for at least two years
-The Illinois High School Association has a state series for it
-Title IX compliance
-Sufficient space, funds, and staff are available

The board has made no motion on the subject yet.

New Enrollment Study

Also discussed without action was the idea of a district-wide enrollment study.

Chief Financial Officer Brad Cauffman presented possible plans to hire Charles Kofron to conduct a demographic study for $27,650.

Collected data would look at population diversity, income levels, land-use, and census data as it relates to school district boundaries.

The information will be used for the district’s financial projections, staffing purposes, and facilities planning.

The board plans will vote on the proposal at a later meeting.

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