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The Suburbanite
  • Canton City school board adopts policy on bullying

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  • The school board adopted a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying at its Monday meeting.
    The policy, said board member Eric Resnick, is one of the most advanced policies in the state in that it itemizes, for the first time, the categories it covers.
    “I feel great pride in this passing,” said Resnick, who was a proponent of enumerating gay, lesbian, and transgender victims.
    Resnick said he believes this policy is the only one in the state to recognize sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in its bullying policy.
    “I want to thank the school district for making history with the passage of the policy,” he said.
    Board member Nadine McIlwain said the board was being proactive in giving staff the means to deal with bullying when it occurs.
    The board and Superintendent Michele Evans recognized several accomplishments among the staff and students.
    They recognized the recent passage of the school levy and the members of the steering committee who volunteered their time to make it happen.
    A number of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows from the University of Akron shared their experiences working in the district.
    Fellows are professionals in the math, science, and engineering fields who are returning to school to achieve master’s degrees in education. They are mentored by teachers in high-need urban and rural districts for three years.
    “It’s good for our kids and our teachers. They see how math and science is applied in the real world,” said Evans.
    The meeting was held at Madge Youtz Elementary School, and Principal Mark Holshu told the board his school had the highest gain in third-grade standardized test scores of all the Canton schools.