April 06, 2020

Brewer school committee approves new policies

BREWER – The school board on Monday approved three new policies, revised three other policies and held the first reading of three proposed policies, Superintendent Daniel Lee said Tuesday.

Brewer school committee members also passed a resolve opposing the Taxpayer Bill of Rights initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot and heard an update about the school department’s new Web site.

“We viewed a 15-minute video on TABOR and approved a resolution in opposition,” Lee said of Monday’s meeting.

The vote was 4-1 in support of the resolve, with board member Calvin Bubar opposing it.

TABOR is Question 1 on the November ballot and would, if approved, limit spending at the state, county, municipal and school levels and would require voter approval for tax or fee increases.

The new policies for Brewer cover harassment of school employees, evaluating staff, and use of timeout areas and therapeutic restraint. The revised policies update rules on affirmative action, student computer use, and distribution of materials by students.

The first readings for proposed policies on the new Web site, student wellness and the school resource officer also were held Monday and will be considered for adoption at the November school board meeting, Lee said.

The new Web site, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of the week, has the same address as before, www.breweredu.org, but is vastly improved, Lee said.

“We’ve really upgraded our Web site,” he said. “One of our goals is to better communicate with the community.”

The proposed policy basically outlines the rules for publishing items on the Web site. The new Internet site has sections for academics and athletics, and has numerous educational links.

“It has links like dictionaries, encyclopedias – resources for students when they’re doing their homework,” Lee said.

The site also has a free Scholastic Aptitude Test preparatory course that students can use to practice for the SATs, information on programs, schedules and curriculum, and an alumni registry.

During the meeting, the board also:

. Heard that Brewer High School’s gifted and talented program gained state approval and that both fourth- and eighth-grade pupils achieved adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind act.

. Approved the 2006-07 goals for the district and toured the high school’s new school-based clinic.

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