Central Montcalm schools consider anti-bullying policy

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 11:39 am on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

STANTON — Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education members were introduced to a state-mandated anti-bullying proposal on Monday.

The board will have 30 days to review it before voting on whether to accept it. The Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior Toward Students policy will be brought back to the board at their March 19 meeting where they will vote on whether to accept it.

“The state, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that every district needs an anti-bullying policy and has given us 30 days to review it and 60 days to pass it,” said Superintendent Jake Helms.

The proposed policy covers topics such as preventative measures, getting parental involvement and more, according to Helms.

The five school board members present also heard an update concerning state aid to the district.
Steve Lampe, chief school business official, showed a pie chart explaining where the district funding comes.

“You can see the greatest share, 45 percent, of it is from sales tax,” Lampe said, “ But with a struggling economy, people are less likely to buy a new vehicle or buy a new appliance. People are not buying the hot items.

“However,” he added, “as gasoline goes up, the sales tax on that is counteracting and is compensating for the drop.”

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