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Anti-bullying measures on Kings Park school board docket

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main St. houses students grades 9 through 12. It is the only high school in the Kings Park Central School District. (June 27, 2012) Credit: Fran Berkman

The Kings Park school board will hold a public hearing on its revised school code of conduct and is scheduled to vote on establishing trimester reporting at its elementary schools at tonight’s board meeting.

The revised code focuses on anti-bullying measures, said assistant superintendent Ralph Cartisano, who chairs the discipline committee of about 25 members — including students in grades 4-12, parents, teachers, staff and administrators.

“The biggest theme that comes up is making sure we keep up with the changes, in particular with technology,” Cartisano said at a June 4 board meeting. “It used to be students using pagers, and now texting ... social media, and using it in an inappropriate way should be reflected in the code of conduct.”

Proposed punishment for inappropriate texting and use of social media, a new infraction, can include a superintendent’s hearing and being barred from earning a Regents diploma.
The board also will vote on switching to a trimester system at Fort Salonga and Park View elementary schools and R.J.O. Intermediate School for the 2013-14 school year.

Rudy Massimo, principal of R.J.O., recommended the change because it would support the Response to Intervention assessments held three times each year.

“These assessments would lend themselves to a trimester approach because reporting dates and student reports would be aligned with the same dates of the tests,” Massimo said.

Several surrounding districts have transitioned to a trimester system, he said, including Smithtown, Sachem, Commack, Hauppauge and Sayville.

“We are one of the few districts surrounding us that do not have a trimester system at this point,” he said.

The meeting tonight will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park High School, and is the last board of education meeting until August.

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