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Gainesville City Schools Board of Education reviewing all policies
System to begin voting on revisions in March
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The Gainesville City Board of Education is going through all of the district’s policies to determine what needs review, revision or removal.

The board reviewed 40 policies at its work session Monday, and Superintendent Wanda Creel said the board will continue to regularly review policies for the next five to six months.

“By the end of this school year, we want to have gone through and reviewed every policy,” Creel said. “... Internally, we want to make sure that our policies are still outlining what we know are best practices.”

Creel said each work session will be an opportunity for the board to review suggested policy changes and ask questions. Changes will be approved at voting meetings beginning in March.

Some of the district’s policies haven’t been updated since 2008.

Policy revisions are available on the district’s eBoard website. Creel said it is important for the district to make external review possible to allow transparency and the participation of school stakeholders in the process.

The 40 policies reviewed by the board Monday night included some revision, some removal and some that required no changes.

Sarah Bell, chief academic officer, said some policies regarding teaching and learning needed to be rescinded to reduce redundancies.

Priscilla Collins, director of school improvement, said other policies regarding students need language updating for clarity, as well as some policy removal or complete rewriting.

For example, new, clearer policies will be added regarding weapons, student records and the use of electronic devices.

Some policies that were updated by the board more recently will not require changes.

“Developing policies and approving policies is probably one of the most critical jobs that our Board of Education does that truly helps define what the work is,” Creel said. “I realize that five years would probably be an easier timeline, but because we want to make sure that we are prepared for the 2015-2016 school year, we are going to push ahead and make sure we have the right protocols and procedures in place that we can outline through our policies.”