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School Board has first reading of policies

At the West Fargo School Board meeting on Monday, board members reviewed the first reading of several policies.

The policies were that of fraud prevention and investigation, video surveillance and recording in schools, and carrying weapons.

Some of the most drastic policy changes came to carrying weapons on school policy. The old policy listed specific weapons forbidden on school property. The revised policy, however, removes the list and inserts the following: "or any other object used to intimidate or threaten bodily harm or irritation or to cause bodily harm or irritation to another individual."

No action was required on the policies as they were first readings only.

Also Monday, the school board was asked to accept an extended leave request for Jennifer Colter, a sixth grade teacher at Cheney Middle School, who recently gave birth to twin girls. Colter said her doctor advised her and her husband to keep their children at home as the risk of influenza is too high to have them in daycare.

Colter asked for a leave of absence for the remainder of the 2009-10 school year, but plans to return in August.

Finally, the results from the 2009 bond survey were attached to the board agenda. Slightly more than 42 percent of respondents said they would vote for a tax increase under some conditions, but against it under other conditions. Likewise, 30 percent would vote for almost any tax increase for the schools.

Those who voted against the tax increase said it mainly was because they believe their taxes already are too high and the district doesn't spend money wisely. Along those lines, they think if anything, the current school should be added onto instead of an additional high school being built.