Waverly to implement anti-bullying programs
The Waverly Central School District is well on its way to complying with a state anti-bullying act that takes effect July 1, superintendent Joseph Yelich said Thursday.
The district has begun to move toward implementation of New York State's Dignity for All Students Act, which was signed into law in September 2010, Yelich said at Thursday's board of education work session. The act seeks to eliminate incidents of discrimination between students and employees or other students.
The Dignity Act requires districts to amend codes of conduct to include anti-bullying language, implement anti-bullying education and collect and report data regarding incidents of discrimination and harassment on school property or at school functions, according to information from the state education department.
In addition, at least one employee of each school must be designated as a Dignity Act coordinator trained to handle human relations issues, the act states.
The Dignity Act encourages awareness and sensitivity toward those of different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and sexes, according to the act.
Changes will be made to the district's code of conduct to reflect the act, Yelich said. Officials have begun to inventory its existing anti-bullying programming, and more will be added, he said. In addition, the district will link up with state and federal programs designed to combat discrimination and harassment.
Yelich said he plans to make use of a superintendents' group formed through the Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which will generate programming and provide links for all districts in the system.
The board also authorized a notice to proceed for Climate Control Technologies of Binghamton, N.Y. to replace the boiler system at Elm Street Elementary School. The company received the low bid for the project, which was necessary due to a boiler failure, Yelich said.
The replacement, originally part of the district's capital improvement project, was pulled out so it could be expedited. The boiler will be replaced over the summer, allowing the school to have its heating capacity restored by the time the weather changes, Yelich said.
The board also approved modifications to Yelich's contract for the 2012-13 school year. The modification extends Yelich's contract by one year, to June 30, 2015, and increases his stipend, the number of unused vacation days he may receive compensation for, and grants him a $2,000 compensation for relocation expenses, according to the modification document.
A request from Yelich to be compensated for three unused vacation days for the current year was also approved Thursday. The contract modification allows Yelich to request compensation for up to five unused vacation days for the remainder of his contract.
The board approved a date of Tuesday, July 10 for its annual reorganization meeting, as well as the rest of the 2012-13 meeting schedule.
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