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The Durant School Board began its July meeting with a presentation by the high school student council regarding the need for clothing reform in the district.


Although options were presented to the board to prevent clothing-related issues in the schools, Superintendent Duane Meredeth said the school will focus on enforcing the rules already in place. He said the school will look into the proposed options for future use, however.


The board approved two policy changes during the meeting.


One will provide students with an area in their classrooms to place cellular devices while classes are in session. Devices can be picked up at the end of each class period from the designated storage area.


The board also amended the student alcohol- and drug-testing policy. In an effort to allow students to learn from their mistakes but not be permanently hindered by them, the board agreed to a new policy.


The policy allows students on their first and second offenses to be on probation. That includes being allowed to practice with fellow members of any extracurricular activity in which they are involved. But these students would not travel with or compete in events. Students on a third offense would not be allowed to participate in practice.


The board also approved moving the date of board meetings to the second Monday of each month instead of the first Monday.


The school board received resignations from Lucreatia Decker, counselor at Durant High School; Brittany Tucker, first-grade teacher at Northwest Heights Elementary; David Lane, transportation department; Patti Lane, transportation department; and Carla Holland, teacher assistant at Washington Irving.


William (Phil) Daniel will be employed as the high school girls’ basketball coach and physical education instructor for the 2014-15 school year.


Amie Mason will serve as a freshman advisor at the high school for the school year.


New instructors at the high school will include Kenneth McLaughlin, social studies; Kevin Farr, journalism; and Sandra Jones, marketing.


Brooke Dinsmore will be employed as a first-grade teacher at Northwest Heights.


- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news


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