SILVER CREEK -- Cell phones are creating problems at Silver Creek Central School, and a new policy is in the works.
During a meeting of the School Board on Wednesday, Superintendent David O'Rourke said that 19 cell phones were confiscated from high school students in the first nine days of classes and that an additional five phones were taken from middle school students.
The superintendent said a newly formed committee that includes students will meet Tuesday to discuss the new policy. Parents will be invited to offer input.
"It is clear that the current consequences are not sufficient to deter inappropriate cell phone conduct, including texting in class," O'Rourke said.
He said the new rules will allow the use of cell phones before and after the school day and during lunch.
In other matters:
*Capital improvement projects continue to make progress. The installation of a new sound system will be complete and ready to use at the home football game between Silver Creek and Forestville on Oct. 2. Ticket fees will be waived at this week's game, and donations will be accepted for local emergency responders.
*The school will host a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, with proceeds benefiting victims of the August flood. Middle School Principal Pat Krenzer was honored by board members for her efforts to coordinate the response to flood victims. The school served as disaster response headquarters during the August flooding.
*Lisa Brennan was also honored for her efforts to store and compile all the data for the school's new comprehensive district education plan.
*O'Rourke said faculty is undergoing training to address shortcomings as identified through the comprehensive plan. One area is the underperformance of boys. The superintendent said that in some grade levels, boys perform at a level 20 percent lower than girls.
Strategies include teacher training and involvement in districtwide programs to promote communication, collaboration, technology, valuing diversity and critical thinking.