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BOARD APPROVES POLICY ON DISTRICT CELL PHONE USE

The Grand Island School Board approved a policy Tuesday on the use of district cell phones as a preventive measure.

"It's important to know that we didn't do it because we have abuses, we did it to prevent abuse in the future," Superintendent Thomas Ramming said.

The temporary policy that was put into place while a more comprehensive plan is developed covers several areas. Included in the policy are stipulations that phones cannot be used by anyone other than the employee to whom it was issued and that they are not to be used as replacements for an employee's own cellular phone or landline phone.

In addition to restricting the issue of cellular phones, there also is an auditing procedure that includes a number-by-number review of all calls made to ensure that they're not being used for private purposes.

Loraine Ingrasci, the district's assistant superintendent for finance, said she put the policy down on paper after hearing about concerns from other districts concerning cell phone use.

She said she used the policies of several other districts as well as suggestions made at a state Education Department conference in drawing up the policy.

"There are a lot of good ideas out there, and we wanted to make sure that we had something that was clear and easy to understand," she said.

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