Eastern Pulaski School Board to Set Fees for Next School Year, Finalize Handbook Updates

The Eastern Pulaski School Board will make some preparations for the 2018-2019 school year when it meets today. Board members are expected to set next year’s meal prices and textbook rental fees. 

The 2018-2019 students handbooks are also set to be finalized. The proposed changes include language addressing vaping, as well as hand gestures resembling a gun. A preliminary list of coaches for the fall and winter sports seasons will be up for board approval, along with an agreement with Pulaski Memorial Hospital for the services of an athletic trainer for next school year.

The canopy in front of the high school will also be discussed during today’s meeting. School officials are expected to present quotes for various options, including power washing, power washing and painting, LED lighting upgrades, or demolishing the canopy altogether.

The Eastern Pulaski School Board will also consider a few policy revisions. One deals with reduction in force procedures. Under the proposed guidelines, teacher effectiveness over the past three years at Eastern Pulaski would be one of the main deciding factors to determine which teachers would be laid off, if a reduction in force were to be needed.

Another policy update deals with alcohol and drug testing procedures for staff members with commercial drivers licenses. A third update would give the superintendent authority to allow extracurricular activities to take place, if school is closed due to weather or other issues but conditions improve later in the day.

Also during today’s meeting, the Eastern Pulaski School Board will recognize this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, and get an update on the elementary school’s Community Mentorship Program. The Eastern Pulaski School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. EDT in the Eastern Pulaski Conference/Meeting Center.