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Richmond County Board of Education OKs alternative discipline program

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 7:46 PM
Last updated 9:32 PM
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Principals in Richmond County will have the option of assigning minor community service projects to students instead of short-term suspension for discipline issues.

In an alternative discipline program approved by the board of education Tuesday, students can choose to clean gum off desks, dust trophy cases, pick up trash or other projects instead of receiving an in-or out-of school suspension of less than 10 days.

Offenses requiring more than 10 days of discipline will still follow the tribunal process, according to board attorney Pete Fletcher.

Under the program, parents and students have to agree to the alternative discipline and adhere to certain rules.

All community service projects would take place at the school.

Fletcher said at least one principal has experimented with the program in the past, but it will launch districtwide for the first time.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/10/13 - 09:16 pm
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Career Path

This is a good idea. It will show future offenders of the judicial code that community service often follows a guilty verdict or guilty plea.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/10/13 - 09:19 pm
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From the story:

Offenses requiring more than 10 days of discipline will still follow the tribunal process, according to board attorney Pete Fletcher.

If the announcement had been made by the BOE public information officer or other salaried employee, county taxpayers would have been spared the hourly billing of private attorney Pete Fletcher. This thing could have been handled by press release.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/10/13 - 09:30 pm
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I didn't misbehave at school

I didn't misbehave at school because I knew what would happen to me at home if I did.

However, if I knew that the only punishment that I'd get would be dusting trophy cases, picking up trash, or cleaning gum off of desks- all of which require little effort- I'd be rip-roaring at school.

Ooh, the thought of dusting a trophy case will make them shiver with fright!

But what REALLY got me is that STUDENTS get to pick what they'll do. I can just imagine what would've happened if my parents had wanted to punish me and I would say "Oh, I get to pick the punishment."

THAT would've been a day that went down in infamy, believe me.

The idea that a child would do wrong, and THEY, not the adults, would decide on what task they would do- the inmates are running the asylum!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/11/13 - 07:18 am
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Oh yeh, that'll show 'em. Is

Oh yeh, that'll show 'em.

Is this an underhanded way of getting free labor to take up the slack left by the cuts in custodial staff?

PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 09/11/13 - 08:24 am
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This punishment solves two

This punishment solves two problems for the school system. 1. They are punishing the offenders. 2. They will pick up the slack of laid off custodians. Cheap labor.
Alternative punishment would be to spend the weekend in Youth Detention.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/11/13 - 08:51 am
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Make sure they don't get a vacation from

class while they are completing these tasks! Schedule them before or after class. This might make it mean more if the parent(s) are made to suffer too. Also I would make picking up gum wrappers and other trash on the school grounds as one of the choices. In this case make them work alone so it won't be a party atmosphere.

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Know the symptoms of this silent killer!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/11/13 - 09:17 am
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Good Practice for them

Many will be doing community service work on weekends when they grow up.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/11/13 - 09:20 am
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What a great idea! Something

What a great idea!

Something that was done in the past, something that should’ve been done continually, and it only took a committee to figure it out!!!

I shouldn’t be so pessimistic. At least they figured out something we figured out decades ago. Shhhhh, don’t let on … if they think this was a useful tool a few decades ago – why, it couldn’t possibly be useful today.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/11/13 - 09:30 am
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Now wondering how many

9 day offenses will be logged instead of the 10 that require a hearing.

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Fiat_Lux 09/11/13 - 11:30 am
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If they have to give up Saturdays and

aren't allowed any privileges--ie, can't attend football games or dances--for a loooong time, then maybe if will have some impact.

A week of cleaning after school and during any free time won't faze some of these kids in the least. And supervising them will take some poor teacher away from their planning period.

Force their parent(s) to deal with this in some not insignificant way. If they have to pay an hourly wage to the person that is forced to supervise their kids' during their punishment, or to show up and supervise their brats themselves, you can bet there would be some behavior changes. If they refuse, turn them over to DFCS for child neglect.

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