|
|
|
Morning Sun
  • USD 250 to consider social media policy changes

  • The USD 250 Board of education heard the first reading of changes to the district’s rules for using personal communication devices and social media in school.

    • email print
  • The USD 250 Board of education heard the first reading of changes to the district’s rules for using personal communication devices and social media in school.
    The changes do not seek to ban the use of smart phones or social media sites such as Facebook in school, but they do attempt to define content that is sexually inappropriate and outline punishment that can be administered to students who abuse the rules. The changes came after an incident months ago in which a Pittsburg Community Middle School student sent inappropriate pictures of herself via text message to her boyfriend, who was a student at Pittsburg High School. The boyfriend then sent the pictures to his friends at PCMS, some of whom distributed the pictures to others.
    Superintendent Destry Brown said lawyers for the Kansas Association of School Boards are reviewing the changes, and that the board will vote on them at its next meeting.
    The board also voted to contribute $10,000 to help get a program between Pittsburg High School and Fort Scott Community College’s Construction Trades program on its feet. The schools already partner for masonry and carpentry, but are looking to expand into welding, electronics and pneumatics, Brown said. Students who complete the program are certified in their trades.
    “I wish we had more kids involved,” he said. “We’re going to have to do some marketing to the kids. There are some of them that need to leave school with a skill.”
    The board also approved a request from technology co-ordinator Noah Grotheer for about $38,748 for a new data Storage Area Newtwork that will store and manage the district’s server data and host its virtual server environment. There currently is a wealth of data that isn’t being backed up, Grotheer said.
    “There’s no way to back it up,” Grotheer said.
      • calendar