A new state law requires the Akron Public Schools district to add language about "cyberbulling" to its existing policy.
Akron Public School board member Patrick Bravo says parents need to know that the district's anti-bullying policy will continue, despite recent budget cuts.
"We're still going to take a look and come out with something for the public as to what our bullying program will look like," Bravo tells AkronNewsNow.com. "All of the services will still be there, though they may be spread out now among several staff members."
The Akron district will send brochures to parents...that Director of Student Support Services and Security Karen Ellerson says will be proactive...urging safety...
"What the parents are going to see are three core goals, for district expectations...that students are safe, respectful and responsible," Ellerson tells AkronNewsNow.com. "And what we've given in this brochure, are actual descriptions of the specific behaviors for success."
Developing the brochure is one of Ellerson's last job duties. The board approved her retirement, effective August 24th.
The board also approved changes in the district's wireless, Internet and network communications policy, tied to a federal law deadline of July 1st.
The anti-bullying policy changes will likely be approved at a future meeting.
The board also hasn't forgotten about LeBron James.
Board member Rev. Curtis Walker says the board should do "something more tangible" to recognize the Akron native, who won his first NBA Championship ring with the Miami Heat last week.
Rev. Walker reminds people that LeBron has done a lot for the district...to name just some things...
"We have computers that he's given, a million dollars worth of computers," Rev. Walker tells AkronNewsNow.com, "He has over 300 and some odd students from third grade, and following them all the way up to high school. 'Wheels for Education', his foundation, that highlights all of that. During the levy, he called in support of the Akron public school levy."
Rev. Walker says the Akron schools and community should be proud of LeBron James' accomplishments, and thankful for what the hometown superstar has done for the district.
But the board has yet to take up the issue of how to officially honor LeBron.