Among eight new policies on the agenda of the Calhoun Board of Education meeting last week, a policy to limit the use of cell phones and electronic hand-held devices drew considerable discussion and a series of back-and-forth voting.

Board member Cynthia Dale led an effort to ban cell phones during school hours, while some members, including board president Steve Whited, indicated they felt students should have some access to cell phones during the lunch hour.

Read complete school board meeting minutes   Unofficial_Minutes_08_19_10.pdf

The board voted to allow limited use of cell phones during lunch hour by students in grades 9-12, provided they have administrative permission, otherwise phones are to be kept in lockers.

The policy bans the use of cell phones on school buses.

The entire policy can be found on the school board's web site   boe.calh.k12.wv.us/

The board approved seven other new policies:

- Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation

- Student Code of Conduct - Dual Credit

- Home/Hospital Instruction

- Homework

- Use of School Facilities

- Valedictorian/Salutatorian

The policies can be found on the board's web site LINK


- September 13, 2010, Special Meeting, 4:00 p.m., Board Goals with Howard O'Cull, Calhoun Board of Education

- September 13, 2010, Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Calhoun Board of Education

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