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Mentor Schools Board of Education Has Bullying Policy, Annual Budget On Agenda

The district's bullying policy is being expanded to include cyberbullying

The Mentor Schools Board of Education is meeting 7 p.m. today at the and they have both the schools' bullying policy and annual appropriations budget on its agenda.

The Board has a first reading scheduled for the district's proposed policy toward harassment, intimidation and bullying.

The new policy is similar to its predecessor. (It's attached to this story as a PDF if anyone wants to read it in its entirety.) However, it expands the definition of bullying to include .

"Cyberbullying" includes taunting, intimidating or embarrassing fellow students using phones, computers or other electronic means.

The proposed policy lists abusive texts, posting embarrassing photos on the Internet, using slurs on social sites and using the Internet to spread rumors or gossip as unacceptable behavior.

The policy also includes one other noteworthy change. It now defines violence within a relationship as a form of bullying, harassment or intimidation.

Also at the Board meeting:

  • The Board can approve the district's proposed budget for the year.
  • Mentor High School students Brandon Balash and Kaitlin Muzic will be recognized for obtaining a perfect score on the Math Ohio Graduation Test
  • Mentor High School teacher Scott Panchik for .

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