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Fire alarm shifts board meeting

The Hamburg School Board meeting in Armor Elementary School was interrupted for several minutes Tuesday after a fire alarm evacuated the Abbott Road building during the board's executive session.

The meeting continued in the nearby Administration Building after firefighters found a burned-out ballast in an overhead light. The board approved a number of new and updated policies.

They include an end to district-provided cellular phones. Superintendent Peter Roswell said he will collect about 18 phones from administration personnel.

Under the new policy, effective July 1, the district will give essential personnel a small stipend to purchase a phone.

Also, the student suspension policy was updated to clarify procedures for special education students. Under the new policy, such students found guilty during a superintendent hearing of an offense leading to suspension would undergo a follow-up hearing to determine if the offense was related to or caused by the disability.

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