School board curbs appliance use

The Richmond County school board has approved tonight a policy that bans personal appliances, including mini-fridges, in most classrooms.

The board voted 6-1, with member Barbara Pulliam dissenting.

The purpose of the policy is to help the school system save on energy costs amid tough budgetary times.

The policy would allow teachers to pay a yet-to-be-set fee to have personal appliances in their offices, but the fee wouldn't allow them to use them in the class.

The policy does allow refrigerators in teachers' lounges.

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