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Eldred to allow use of cell phones

By Fritz Mayer
June 19, 2013

Superintendent Robert Dufour said that beginning in the fall, Eldred Central School District (ECSD) will allow the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, “on a limited and controlled basis.”

He made the remarks at the school board meeting on June 13. He said, “In this digital age, it has become necessary to modify our practices and promote the positive use of personal electronic devices rather than spending our time on negative enforcement practices of denial and confiscation.”

He said ECSD would be adopting a policy similar to one in place in the Monticello Central School District. He said, “It’s based on green areas, which include hallways and the cafeteria where these devices may be used; yellow areas, which constitute classrooms, the library and other instructional areas, where the devices may be used if permitted by the teacher; and red areas, bathrooms and locker rooms, where the devices may not be used at all.”

Dufour said the pilot program would apply to the junior and senior high school. Monticello has been using the policy for the past year and it has not interfered with instruction there. He said the change has been requested by parents, students and staff to modify the current policy regarding electronic devices. He said teachers and administrators spend a good amount of time telling students to put their devices away, or confiscating them, and the new policy might change that for the better.

In other news, Dufour said that because the district has been approved for accepting foreign exchange students, the district will be actively seeking such students. He said the cost of tuition for Kindergarten through sixth grade would be $10,438 and for the upper grades the cost would be $14,257.

Also, Dufour invited members of the district’s music department, Justin Glodich and Brittany Robinson, to accept a resolution sent by Senator John Bonacic.

Dufour read the letter Bonacic sent. It said, “It’s always nice to read about great things happening, congratulations on Eldred’s designation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. It is with great pleasure that I provide you with the attached New York State resolution, which I sponsored and was passed by the entire Senate in recognition of this outstanding achievement.”

The designation came from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.