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Friday, March 9, 2012

Clay County resident Troy Allen proposes ways to solve previously discussed issues with inappropriate music with, what some have referred to as, explicit language during his address to the Clay Community School board Thursday evening. [Order this photo]
Concerned Clay County resident Troy Allen responded to the Clay Community School (CCS) board's previous policy discussion regarding inappropriate music being played on CCS buses during Thursday evening's school board meeting.

"From verbally abusive parents to verbal bullying in the schools, research has documented the negative impact that words have on self-image, life choices and overall psychological health," Allen said as he addressed the board. "Playing adult-formatted radio to our children has a similar negative impact."

Then, Allen gave suggestions on how to solve conflicts board members discussed during the February board meeting.

His suggestions included having the bus driver receive text alerts and take along a battery-operated radio to stay well informed in case there is an accident or inclement weather ensues.

Allen said through research he discovered a website full of strategies for discipline problems on the bus that didn't include using the radio as a reward for good behavior or the lack of music as punishment.

"It was well-written and contained comments from drivers who had years of experience," Allen said. "Turning the radio off was not one of the methods listed."

Allen added other CCS policy language attempts to safeguard students against explicit language and other possibly harmful messages, but he said allowing the current music to continue being played on the bus is a blatant contradiction of the other policies.

During the board member comments portion of the meeting CCS board Assistant Secretary said she agreed with many of the statements Allen presented.

"We really appreciate what you've presented," Heffner said.

In response to objections raised at the last board meeting, CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker requested the previous policy be removed from consideration.

"We are trying to create policy language that addresses all the different issues," Tucker told those in attendance, "like excluded stations and content, as well as accountability for bus drivers (operating) the bus radios."

Meanwhile, the CCS board conducted a first reading of the 2012-13 Student Handbook, which clarified present rules through language changes.

In addition, the CCS board voted unanimously in favor of passing a handful of legislative policies including:

* Policy No. 6245 -- Educational Enrichment Experience,

* Policy No. 6621 -- Clubs in the Schools: Closed Forum,

* Technology Job Desriptions -- adding new descriptions for technology specialists needed at some schools,

* 2012 Summer School Course Offerings -- including the option for third-graders, who don't pass the IREAD-3 on their first attempt to seek remediation and retake the test,

* Surplus Equipment Auction -- the school will auction of access items to clear out some unnecessary inventory,

* Northview High School ECA Payment -- The board approved NHS girls basketball coach Scott Buell's request to pay a supplemental coach from the team's ECA account,

* Application for the American Farmers' Grow Rural Education Grant -- According to Secretary Ron Scherb, CCS is applying for a $25,000 grant after being nominated by a local citizen, and

* Middle/High School Agriculture Survey -- An anonymous survey will be issued to all middle and high school students to give the school feedback about how students participate and perceive CCS agriculture programs.

The board also discussed creating more policies on preventing bullying.

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I have read the comments presented by Mr. Allen. I can appreciate his concern about some of the music being played over the airways. Why not go to the radio stations with your objections to the music they play? If enough listeners complained about their choice of music, perhaps something would be done about the music they play. I don't think eleminating music on the buses will have much of an impact on the radio stations. If you would band together and take your concerns to the stations, perhaps your voices would be heard.

-- Posted by crodgers on Sat, Mar 10, 2012, at 8:45 AM

I'm wondering when they will fix their telephones. I haven't been able to call Staunton Elementary at all this school year. I have to call the Middle School and have them transfer me.

-- Posted by Ketchup on Sat, Mar 10, 2012, at 2:51 PM

crodgers: Common sense tells me the radio stations are not going to give a hoot what the schools think about the music they play. They make money off sponsors that pay for advertising. My advice would be to find out what stations the kids are listening to, listen yourself for a while, then call or VISIT the owners of those businesses that advertise on them. Don't settle for the manager, talk to the owner. I asked one time for the owner of a business and an employee told me he was the owner, sensing I had a complaint. Be careful.

-- Posted by My Dime on Sat, Mar 10, 2012, at 6:16 PM

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