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Buffalo School Board votes down cellphone policy

One of the many debates before the Buffalo Board of Education in recent weeks was this: Should board members be prohibited from texting or using their smartphones to scan the Internet during their meetings?

At least a few of the board members – concerned not everyone was always focused on the business at hand – thought so. A resolution was drafted to that effect.

But the new cellphone policy needed five votes to pass and with only six of the nine board members in attendance Wednesday night, the resolution was defeated.

Board Members Paulette Woods and Theresa Harris-Tigg voted in favor of the ban, while Larry Quinn, Hope Jay and Patricia Pierce voted against. Board Member Sharon Belton-Cottman also voted against.

Cottman, while a supporter of a cell phone policy, voted against it, because that would allow her to bring it back for a vote at another time before the full board, district officials said.


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