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Proposed G-K policies up for public to review

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:02 a.m. CDT

GENOA – For the next 30 days, the public will be able to view 13 policies that Genoa-Kingston School District 424 plans to approve in August.

The District 424 school board reviewed policies concerning safety, student discipline, field trips and student teachers, among others, during a committee meeting June 11. The policies were recommended to the district by the Illinois Association of School Boards. 

At Tuesday night’s board meeting, the board approved putting the policies on public display for 30 days. It plans to approve them at the board meeting in August. 

One of the newer policies recommended was to adopt the Bring Your Own Technology program, which would permit students to use their own electronic devices, such as laptops or tablets, for some classroom activities. Under the program, schools would provide wireless infrastructure, provide Internet access through the district’s networks and identify approved devices and district-owned devices that may be available. 

“It’s relatively new in the state,” said Joe Burgess, District 424 superintendent, of the program. “I’m excited about doing it.”

Karen Simmons, director of student services, spoke to the board regarding the school district’s night school program. The program provides alternative education for students unable to attend school during the day or who are behind on earning credits for classes. The students may not be able to attend school during the day because they may be young parents, working a job or in other situations, she said. 

“We want to ensure that they can achieve a high school diploma because in today’s day and age, it’s a very different experience getting a GED versus getting a high school diploma,” Simmons said.  

The program has existed for two years at the school district. The program was previously held at the Kishwaukee College in Malta, but was moved to Genoa-Kingston High School to make transportation easier and save more money. In the past two years, 15 students have graduated from the night school program, Simmons said. 

To read the full text of the policies, visit http://www.boarddocs.com/genoa/Board.nsf/Public. Click on the June 11 meeting agenda and click on Policy Review."

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