SBDM revises dress code and discipline code, multiple people hired

Many changes are coming to Barren County High School after revisions to the dress code and discipline code, along with several hirings.

On Thursday the last Barren County High School Site Based Decision Making meeting of this school year occurred.

According to the minutes by Brandy Pendygraft, Brad Johnson presented proposed revisions to the school dress code. Jerrod Browning and Lauren Simmons, discipline committee members, discussed and shared said revisions.

Several revisions were made to the dress code. The length for shorts, skirts, and dresses was changed from at or below the knee to just above the knee, and strap width was changed from three inches to two inches. Leggings were also approved to be worn.

Johnson then presented revisions to the discipline code, with Browning and Simmons addressing its changes as well.

The revisions to the discipline code included changes to the cell phone policy and its penalties, tobacco use penalties, and drug and alcohol use penalties.

Cell phones must be completely put away and are only allowed for teacher-directed use if visible in the classroom. The penalty was strengthened and the first offense starts with detention, with a day of alternative class added for each following offense.

According to the minutes by Pendygraft, the council stated the biggest change was in the penalty for drugs and alcohol use. The first offense starts at five days of alternative class, five days of suspension, charges being filed, and a board hearing. The second offense is an expulsion hearing.

A personnel report was approved that resulted in the hiring of seven employees. It included two Math teachers, a Rotation teacher, an English teacher, a custodian, and two ECE teachers.

According to Pendygraft, Johnson reported that BCHS continues to have positions posted for a Science teacher at the Trojan Academy and Family and Consumer Science teachers. Multiple coaching positions are available as well.

The next SBDM council meeting will be July 15.