At their December meeting, board members at the Pierce City R-6 District undertook changes in staff policy when communicating with students through social media sites or via text messaging.
The policy outlines professional codes of conduct regarding communication with students whether on district or personal electronic communication devices, accounts, web pages or phones.
These kinds of communications are required to apply to educational purposes only, and are limited to the hours between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The policy change mandates a strict code of professional conduct for any individual having contact with students, even part-time and substitute employees.
Actions absolutely prohibited by the district include sexual intimacy, dating, harassment, discrimination or violations that constitute criminal behavior.
Consequences for violating the policy could include termination and the district seeking revocation of the teacher's license with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
"This policy fulfills the statute requiring the district have a policy in place," said Dr. Aaron Cornman, superintendent of the Pierce City R-6 District. "Our focus is to inform staff that their communications with students must remain professional."
Cornman provided the board an update on the construction project.
The concrete footing has been installed from the southwest corner of the building to the northwest corner of the building, but excavation has stalled until an existing gas line is relocated.
The building pad area for the new vo-ag building has been completed.
The masonry contractor is moving equipment and materials into place preparing for the brick work portion of the project to get underway.
In his report to the board, Steve Garner, high school principal, said that five seniors were in danger of not graduating with this year's class.
"They have been given options," Garner said. "The parents of these students are all aware of the situation."
Cornman reported that Josh Brown, head of demolition at the Joplin School District, had advised him that much of the equipment being reclaimed is still of value and has offered to let the district inspect the goods in consideration of purchasing some items
"There are some new items in there," Cornman said. "Computers, student and teacher desks, smartboards and physical education equipment. He is selling it at 80 percent of its used value."
Board members agreed to have Cornman look at some items in consideration of replacing some of the district's equipment.