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BOARD TARGETS AFTER-SCHOOL MISBEHAVIOR

Jamestown schools are cracking down on misbehavior by students involved in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities.

The School Board on Tuesday night reviewed a policy that sets standards for eligibility in those programs.

Among the banned behaviors are the use or possession of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products; assault on school grounds; felony arrests and conviction; truancy; insubordination; stealing; and harassment.

The move comes in the wake of the suspension of Jamestown High School's football cheerleading squad for drinking at a party.

But Superintendent Craig King said the policy is not a direct response to that, because it has been in the discussion stages for about a year.

"There have been long-standing policies for participation in athletics, but there has not been a policy regarding extracurricular activities," the superintendent said. "It is the feeling of the board that in order to be fair and consistent, that policies should apply to all activities."

King said the School Board still wants to "fine-tune" the proposal before a final vote.

In other business, the board agreed to hire a reading coordinator, Patricia Windsor. She will earn $57,500 a year to oversee the remedial reading program districtwide and to enhance reading at all grade levels.

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