The Norman Transcript

July 2, 2013

Board clarifies harassment policy

By Caitlin Schudalla
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Norman Board of Education moved through a short budget but discussed the district’s full plate for the summer at a regular meeting Monday.

The board approved statutory waivers for library media specialists at Adams and Lakeview elementaries and clarified its policy on racial harassment complaints.

“The change strengthens our policy and creates more consistency with similar policies we have. This clarifies that we expect people to come forward about these issues,” Superintendent Joe Siano said.

According to the revised policy, retaliation against the party filing the complaint or parties involved in the investigation will not be tolerated.

“There’s a lot going on behind the scenes in the summer,” Siano said during his administrative report. “We have a lot of facilities to clean and prepare for the upcoming school year, and administrators have several key meetings reviewing new legislation passed at the end of the preceding school year as well as revisiting policies that need updating or changing.”

Siano also mentioned continued implementation of reforms with teachers recently attending a conference on the Marzano-based Teacher Leader Evaluation for the upcoming school year.

Board President Don Shandy inquired after updates on the state department’s proceedings with 2012/2013 statewide assessment tests that were affected by CTB/McGraw-Hill testing company’s server crash in April.

“There’s been no change in how these tests will be used in school accountability. I will say that NPS administrators will meet with State Department leaders to discuss our issues with the testing — not in an adversarial context but to explain what our students experienced and how we intervened,” Siano said.