Ruthven-Ayrshire met for their monthly board meeting on Monday night. Among other things, they discussed proposed changes to the student policy handbook, specifically regarding penalties for substance possession and use.
The new policy is three-tiered. At the first offense, the student is given two options: 1) They are ineligible for four extra-curricular events and required to complete 10 hours of community service, or 2) They are ineligible for two extra-curricular events, they are required to attend substance abuse counseling, and they are required to complete 10 hours of community service. The community service hours may be shortened to five if the student self-reports.
If a second offense occurs, the student is ineligible for six weeks, they are required to complete substance abuse counseling, and they are required to complete 30 hours of community service. Self-reporting may lower the community service hours to 20.
On the third offense, the student is ineligible for one calendar year. They may appeal this by appearing before the board with their parents and meeting a list of conditions. The penalty, at this point, is at the discretion of the board.
In other agenda items:
Nineteen students graduate from Ruthven-Ayrshire this year. In addition, six middle- and high-school students earned a perfect attendance for the entire year, 20 earned a perfect attendance for the second semester, and 31 earned a perfect attendance for the fourth quarter.
"Overall, we had a really great second semester," Jon Josephson, secondary principal, said. "We're very proud of all of the students."
The new logo was finished and passed by the student council. The logo was designed by Brandon Vanderpool. The school song is the Notre Dame victory song. While it was a student council decision, there was very little resistance by the rest of the student body.
Stephanie Sloan has resigned from her position as junior high basketball coach.
Dr. Norene Bunt requested severance to cover her COBRA insurance payments, either until she finds another job or until the end of next June.
This meeting was the last meeting for Bunt to attend. Next month's meeting will be attended by Mr. Wooiwood, the new superintendent.
"She came at a difficult time," said Ray Grandstaff, board president. "I really appreciate the work that she's done."
"I hope the best for this district," Bunt said, "that they start fresh and move positively forward."