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Sullivan school board hears complaints about bullying policy, building upkeep

October 8th, 2013 8:39 pm by Rick Wagner

Sullivan school board hears complaints about bullying policy, building upkeep

BLOUNTVILLE — Public commenters gave Sullivan County’s school board members an earful Monday night.

Two women called for the Board of Education to address the anti-bullying policy in the school system’s handbook, citing an Aug. 21 incident at Sullivan Central High School in which one student attacked another student, and the attacked student went to a local hospital for treatment.

And a man called for the system to restore working hours cut from janitorial and maintenance workers, saying it would make schools fall into disrepair.

Lisa Miller, who identified herself as a student’s grandmother, said his family has decided to home school him to keep him out of the school and away from future bullying.

“We cannot comment on issues related to specific student discipline,” Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said Tuesday via email in response to questions raised by the women.

However, he said that the board and staff would take the comments into consideration as they review and possibly revamp policies.

“We are always reviewing policies and procedures, so her comments to the board are taken as a significant contribution to the policy discussion,” Yennie said.

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