Administrators talk about how they handle bullying in their districts

Posted February 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

It’s easy to look inside a school of a particular community and point out weaknesses; the seemingly lack of concern of bullying may be one of them.

Because schools are the daily gathering place for students, it’s no surprise that bullying targets are preyed upon there. But school districts must toe a fine line when it comes to discipline whether through proactive or reactive measures.

Bullying is present everywhere

When surveying area principals and superintendents, there is an overwhelmingly acknowledgement that bullying exists in Nodaway County schools; it may come in different forms. Many school officials said because of the size of the community and school district, almost all situations are able to be

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    North Nodaway BOE

    North Nodaway

    The North Nodaway R-VI Board of Education met in open and closed session on January 20 to take care of the following school district business:

    Emily Frueh gave a curriculum report on Google® apps in the business classes.

    Tim Conn, principal, reported that the junior high and high school is building professional learning community team, by starting a book study. The book is “Whatever It Takes, How Professional

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    Nodaway County 7th graders respond to survey questions

    For the second part of the Nodaway News Leader’s series on Breaking Down Bullying, 191 of 211 seventh graders in all eight Nodaway County school districts were surveyed.

    This was a short survey asking for their perceptions on the subject. To see graphs related to the survey, visit our photo gallery and click on school.

    Students were asked to rate bullying in their school. There may have been some

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    Maryville R-II projects on completion target

    Project Manager Aaron Harte of Incite Design Studio, Kansas City, shows Maryville Assistant Superintendent Steve Klotz the progress being made on the new cafeteria and kitchen at Eugene Field Elementary. The addition is now enclosed with a completion date of early March for the installation of equipment and seating. The high school auditorium is also on schedule for completion in July with a new FEMA safe room/auxiliary gymnasium to be constructed to the south of it.

    Jefferson BOE


    The Jefferson School Board of Education met January 21 to address the following:

    Prior to the meeting was the school calendar hearing for the 2016-17 school year. Superintendent Tim Jermain presented three possible choices for calenders. Draft C of the 2016-17 school calendar, which was recommended by faculty and administration, was approved, adding February 17 as a professional development/possible make-up day.

    The principals reports included a number of upcoming

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    Northeast Nodaway BOE

    Northeast Nodaway

    The Northeast Nodaway School Board of Education met January 21 to address the following:

    After entering into closed session toward the end of the meeting for the purpose of discussing personnel, the board approved the following:

    • Retirement/ resignation from Coleen Mullock.

    • Hiring of Ken Grove as preK-12 principal for the 2016-17 school year.

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    Nodaway-Holt BOE


    The Nodaway-Holt School Board of Education discussed the sports cooperative agreement with South Holt at its January 20 meeting.

    The board stayed firm on its proposal to South Holt to make a sports cooperative for junior high and high school boys and girls track but not spring girls softball.

    After the approval of the meeting’s agenda, the board accepted the regular and executive minutes from the December meeting. The

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    Maryville BOE


    The Maryville School Board of Education met January 20 to address the following:

    Engineers from Incite Design Studio were present to give building project updates, saying that both were on the completion schedule. Superintendent Superintendent Becky Albrecht informed the board that the district has been awarded a matching grant from FEMA for a safe room/auxiliary gym. Nearly $150,000 was received immediately toward design costs with the remainder to be given once the building process begins. The board

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