Seaside School Board members completed a number of housekeeping tasks on Dec. 16 as they wrapped up the final meeting of 2010. Among the final tasks was approving a new cyber bullying policy.
The policy on cyber bulling is now part of the overall policy and procedures that also covers hazing, harassing, intimidating, menacing and bullying. The Seaside School District policy restricts all such activities and sets firm School District guidelines on students or staff who violate the policy. For students, it could include expulsion.
Under its new definition, cyber bulling is defined as using any form of electronic communication - text, image, audio or video - to convey a message that defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult or humiliate another person in a deliberate, repeated or hostile and unwanted manner under a person's true or false identity.
Each building principal will take reports on possible cyber bullying from District employees and students and conduct a prompt investigation. Following the investigation the issue will follow a three-step process. The District will also provide training to students and staff on the prevention and appropriate responses to cyber bullying and other forms of harassment or intimidation.
The District has also established a new credit card use policy. According to Seaside School Superintendent Doug Dougherty, the new policy is to facilitate the better use of covering for meals and lodging mainly for sporting events.
All purchases must be documented and all receipts must be turned in along with the credit card immediately following use.
"Staff will be checking out the credit card, using it and returning it as soon as possible with itemized receipts," Dougherty said.
Kia Okiwe has joined the staff at Broadway Middle School in a student teaching placement program. Okiwe is a student at George Fox University and is pursuing a career as a middle school science teacher. She will be working with Pete Cochran, a longtime Broadway Middle School science teacher.
In other action, the board:
Approved the hiring of Jim Paino, volunteer wrestling coach at Broadway Middle School
Approved the hiring of Tia Abbey, freshman girls basketball coach at Seaside High School
The board also approved the following out-of-state athletic trips for Seaside High School:
Dec. 29 and 30 - Boys Varsity basketball team to Olympia
Jan. 15 - Boys and Girls JV and freshman basketball and teams to Ilwaco, Wash.
Jan. 29 - Wrestling team to Ilwaco, Wash.
March 16 - Boys baseball team to Longview, Wash.
March 29 - Boys baseball team to Cathlamet, Wash.
April 11 - Girls softball team to Cathlamet, Wash.