Bullying briefly discussed during District One meeting

Hampton District One School Board met Nov. 6, briefly discussed bullying in schools.

The Hampton District One School Board, along with Superintendent Ronald Wilcox, met Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss district matters. At the end of the meeting, Wilcox briefly discussed the topic of bullying in schools, which has become a hot button topic locally after the recent self-inflicted death of an 11-year-old Hampton Elementary School student.

“We are assessing our policies related to bullying. We are assessing our training programs related to bullying and we are going to do everything we can to make sure we are doing the proper things as related to the policy and to the training,” said Wilcox.

And that was the end of the discussion on the topic.

Wilcox’s brief discussion of the matter left several individuals downtrodden after the meeting. Audience members were later heard after the meeting expressing remorse more was not said about the issue and that no dialog between concerned individuals and district officials occurred during the meeting regarding current district policies in place to protect children from bullying.

 

In other District One news:

  • First reading of grading assessment policy IKA-R passed in a unanimous vote. The policy will round grades up to the nearest third digit.
  • Additional CERA grant funding to train current teachers and to attract teachers from out of the area to the district was announced by the superintendent.  
  • Wilcox announced the board will likely, in the future, vote to return to paper-and-pencil testing for district third grade students.
  • Wilcox discussed several possible facility upgrades which have been brought up by district employees, including the addition of a small bathroom facility for bus drivers at Ben Hazel, and other projects.
  • District test scores have been released; Wilcox stated some scores were pleasing to district officials and other scores in specific subject areas were less than satisfactory and will be addressed in the future.