Weekly Feature

2018-01-11 / Front Page

Lancaster Central adopts new code of conduct

by ALAN RIZZO Reporter

Following a public hearing that drew no public comment, the Lancaster School Board on Monday approved a comprehensive update to the district’s code of conduct, which includes several additions and revisions that address terms and issues that have emerged in the past five years.

Prior to the vote, Marie Perini, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and pupil services, said changes to the code include a combined mission statement for the district, replacing those of individual schools, as well as new definitions for emerging terms such as cyberbullying, gender expression and gender identity, which had not been described five years ago.

“Cyberbullying wasn’t an existing term the last time this all was done,” she said.

The updated code also allows individual schools to define their own dress codes for students, includes specific references on how the district should respond to inappropriate behavior happening off campus, and has updated language on the abuse of illicit substances and e-cigarettes.

Additionally, Perini said expectations for Dignity for All Students Act coordinators have been included, as well as more specific language on how students may be searched, what medications they can carry in school, what constitutes academic dishonesty in terms of new technology, and how to release students to parents and other visitors.

Perini said the updated code would be posted to the district’s website after adoption. The district’s code of conduct page can be found at http://www.lancasterschools.org/Domain/12.

In response to the changes, board President Patrick Uhteg said not only students, but administrators, parents, teachers and board members have a responsibility to follow the code and communicate “so that we together as a Lancaster family can do the best that we can.”

In other matters, Superintendent Michael Vallely congratulated Lancaster High School’s Theresa Adamec for being chosen as the secondary assistant principal of the year for 2018 by the School Administrators Association of New York State. He also congratulated the staff of Como Park Elementary, which has been chosen as a School of Character for New York in 2018.

According to Character.org, a School of Character is one in which teachers and support staff work with parents and the community to shape the social, emotional and character development of students, so that they “feel safe, respected and connected to those around them, allowing them to thrive academically and socially and be motivated to give back to their communities.”

Additionally, the board awarded an $82,500 contract to Depew-based contractor Huber Construction, to do renovation work in the district’s 2017-18 middle school capital outlay project.

The company was the lowest of nine bidders for the project, which concerns replacing ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures at Lancaster Middle School.

The board will meet next for a budget work session at 6 p.m. Monday Jan. 22, at Central Avenue Elementary, 149 Central Ave.

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