Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

The Pocahontas County Board of Education is required to follow a long list of policies and procedures – created on both the state and county level – to ensure that all students receive a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment.

Each policy the board creates is placed on a 30-day comment period to allow employees, parents, community members and students the opportunity to share their opinions on the efficacy of the policy and to make suggestions on how to make it a better policy.

These policies can be as simple as the grading scale, to more serious issues, such as expulsion of students for bad behavior, or conduct.

The board recently released a policy for comment which is on the serious side. The title is Mandatory Expulsion for Conduct in Group A.

Superintendent of Schools Terrence Beam explained that the policy covers three Level IV offenses – possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds; physically assaulting a staff member; and possession with intent to sell narcotics.

In the new policy, if a student is found guilty of one of the three offenses, he or she will be mandatorily expelled for one…

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