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July 16, 2014

Stillwater Board of Education alters cellphone policy

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Board of Education revised the handbook policy on student cellphone use Tuesday night.

Elementary, middle school, junior high and high school students may have a cellphone while on campus, but are not permitted to use them.

The revision clarifies cellphones will be confiscated by building administrators but the devices will be returned to the student at the end of their academic day.

Board member Debbie Vincent said students should be able to leave campus with their cellphones each day, noting it is a safety issue.

Wireless communications and electronic devices may not be used during instructional time unless authorized by a teacher or administrator.

In no case will a device be permitted to take unauthorized photographs or videos of any kind during instructional time.

Instructional time is defined by school hours, which may differ for some students who participate in sports or go off campus for afternoon classes.

The revised handbooks will be posted later this week on the district’s website, www.stillwaterschools.com.

The Board also:

• Heard a report by Superintendent Ann Caine, who said the district has had a good response from the public wishing to serve as members on the finance, curriculum/technology and facilities committees. She said the district is working through the list of volunteers and will bring the final committee lists to the Board in August.

• Voted to authorize Board President John Price to appoint a committee to name the Administration Building and the new operations facility on Richmond and Perkins. Several branches of the operations department are moving into the recently purchased KICKER property. The committee will develop a list of no more than three names for Board consideration.

• Approved a policy revision that states that people wanting to submit an item for the agenda must do so 15 days prior to the next board meeting to give staff time to develop reports and assemble the board packet.

• Designated Chief Financial Officer Phillip Storm as purchasing agent for the Stillwater Independent School District.

• Designated Director of Special Services Caryl Talley as the 504 compliance coordinator for fiscal year 2014-15.

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