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CHS to crack down on cell phone use

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CLOVERDALE -- Cell phones have invaded Cloverdale High School. To combat the problem, the school is stepping up its cell phone policy.

CHS Principal Sonny Stoltz went before the school board during its regular meeting Monday to discuss a more strict policy.

He told the board members there have been 141 -- or 23 to 24 percent of the student body -- first-time offenders caught with the devices since the beginning of the school year. Eight percent of students are habitual offenders.

"We still have March, April and May to get through," he said.

The current policy is not proactive, Stoltz told the board.

Under the new policy, parents will be called to pick up the phone the first time a student is caught with it. The second time would carry some consequences for the student.

While students are being told no cell phones allowed, adults are urged to do the same.

"We can't tell the kids not use them, but have adults use them during instruction or class time," Stoltz added.

The board agreed cell phones create a distraction in the classroom.

"Every high school student has a cell phone," said Superintendent Carrie Milner. "There is no reason to have them at school."

Students will be seeing new signs posted around the building warning them cell phones are not allowed during school hours.

In other news, Cedar Woodworth won an essay contest. Woodworth is an eight-grade student at the middle school and participates in the Gateway to Engineering class at the Knoy Center.

Her essay, Plastics in Education, earned her $50 and $100 for the teacher to use in the classroom. The Gateway class is a yearlong course and precedes other high school courses. It is one of five middle school programs in the state.

Other programs at the Knoy Center are receiving some monetary help. The GED program was given a $2,000 grant from Teacher's Credit Union.

"A large number of students have taken advantage of (the GED program)," stated Milner.

In addition, the board approved a donation from Donor's Choose, which will be used to purchase new microscopes.

Other business:

* Milner gave a legislative update stating there will be guidelines on use of the one-time stimulus money. It will mostly be used for programs such as special education and Title I.

* The CCYL concession stand will be ready for use in time for the first girls' softball game in April. Stoltz reported water was put in place this past weekend and plumbing is finished. The lift station will be done at the end of the week and restrooms will be completed before April. It is essentially halfway finished right now. Work such as drywall and partitions will be done at a later date.

"We are excited," Stoltz said.

* PTO president Angela Ladd requested permission from the board to build a storage shed for large preschool equipment. The equipment is only used on certain occasions and takes up a huge portion of the preschool area. "Dad's for Great Students" will build the airtight shed near the preschool playground. Specific details will be provided to the board at a later time.

* Changes are being made to the school corporation's wellness policy. It has asked anyone with suggestions for changes to the policy, e-mail kcrabtree@cloverdale.k12.in.us before April 1.

* Personnel changes approved by the board include the employment of Maggi Wallace as an elementary teaching assistant. High school coaching includes Kyle Winkler as assistant track coach, Ramfus Guterraz and Brian Knapp as volunteer assistant coaches for softball and Matt Langdon as volunteer assistant coach for boys' golf. Debbie Leonard will be the administrative assistant for CCLC under the 21st Century Grant.


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Hasnt there been a policy on cell usage for quite some time? Is it a enforcement or "lack of problem"? Dont forget there are cameras in most of them. Kids are slick,maybe they hold them over the shoulder in front of them and snap a pic to zoom up w/test answers on them?You know kids and technology.....

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 8:08 AM

Confiscate the phones and donate them. It's just that simple.

-- Posted by grant104 on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 7:07 PM

When I was in high school students, even ones over 18, were not allowed to have cigarettes in their posession; however, teachers could not only have them but they also had a lounge to smoke them. If you want studnets to follow the "rules" apply them to the teachers as well.

-- Posted by Hazel on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 5:49 AM

I think that parents, and also the ones who wrote the former comments here, need to talk to some of the school principals about the problems that cell phones cause. Like one writer said, most cell phones now have cameras. And cameras take pictures--everywhere! And by everywhere, I mean bathrooms. Do you get the picture? Also, during texts, they text the answers. That is just two small examples. Don't believe me? Ask a principal!

-- Posted by interested party on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 7:11 AM

What are the kids suppose to do if there is an incident like Columbine? Students should be bale to use their cell phones only during passing periods and during lunch. Lunch is their time. Some teachers answer their cell phones right in the middle of class and some txt too!

-- Posted by cdaleclover on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 10:39 AM

i think its stupid to get in trouble with cell phone, kids are gonna have cell phone big freakin deal. i think kids should be able to have cell phones durin passing periods n lunch. lunch is their time.

-- Posted by meg09 on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 10:56 AM

I have read all of these comments, and I am floored. All of the comments that condone or feel cell phones should be allowed during lunch and passing periods are crazy. Read your posts, you butcher the kings english and can't form a sentence or spell. That is even more reason to ban the cell phones all together. As for teachers, ban their phones as well ( I am sure their union rep would throw a hissy fit though).

-- Posted by idiot on Wed, Mar 18, 2009, at 3:12 PM


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