August 04, 2020

SAD 25 OKs strict ban on smoking

SHERMAN STATION — The SAD 25 board at its meeting this week approved a more stringent policy that bans the use of all forms of tobacco in district buildings and on district grounds at any time.

The new policy, which goes into effect April 1, will supersede a previous policy that banned the use of tobacco products in school buildings during certain designated times.

The latest policy imposes severe penalties on both students and staff members for violations. If a student uses or possesses smoke or smokeless tobacco, his or her parents will be contacted, a conference will be held and a three-day suspension from classes imposed. The second and third offenses will result in similar actions, but with five- and 10-day suspensions, respectively. A fourth violation would result in a school board review of the case for possible expulsion.

For employees, an initial violation would result in a verbal warning, while a second violation would result in a written reprimand. Subsequent violations could result in a three-day suspension without pay and a review by the school board for possible termination of employment.

Also at the meeting, Superintendent Carroll Nightingale reported that under the 5 percent state education funding plan proposed by state Education Commissioner Leo G. Martin, the district will lose about $118,000. Under Gov. Angus King’s 2 1/2 percent proposal, the district would lose $178,000.

Two resignations were announced at the meeting. Phil Faulkner, who has been district athletic director and coached boys varsity basketball for 25 years, will retire.

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