Board OKs policies
Published: Thursday, February 14th, 2013
In a short meeting on Monday night, the Custer School District Board of Education approved two district-wide school plans and the superintendent updated the board on school security measures.
The board unanimously approved the safe and drug free school policy, which would include synthetic drugs and prescription medicines.
“I know we have a no tolerance policy, but sometimes there are certain situations and they don’t mean to,” said Alan Webster, regarding the weapons topic address in the policy. “Think we can do something on that?”
“You’re not objecting to including firearms and knives, just that it’s a not tolerance policy?” Anne Sandvig asked.
“I think maybe we can have a committee for this topic and have a hearing with the student where we can decide punishment,” Webster said.
“The frustration in writing policies is the wording,” Tom Martin said. “You can’t word something to excuse an accident. What’s going to happen is somebody will bring a knife in expecting it to be an accident? Common sense should prevail.”
“Items, other than firearms, determined to be a weapon are also illegal and will be dealt with in a serious manner,” superintendent Scott Lepke read from the policy. “So somebody has to determine if it’s a weapon, but I think at the same time, I think there’s a difference between a gun and a pocket knife.
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