STANFORD - As of this week, students in the Lincoln County school system facing expulsion will not always have to undergo a school board disciplinary hearing.
School board members voted to narrow their disciplinary responsibilities to include ruling on major offenses only, such as possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and drug trafficking. Other infractions, such as use of profanity or behavioral problems will be dealt with by the school's principal or be heard before a disciplinary committee.
"The board, in the past, had handled all disciplinary measures ... now they will be sent to a disciplinary committee hearing" said Dr. Teresa Wallace, superintendent. The committee is comprised of six members, including the director of pupil personnel, the assistant superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, the principal of alternative school and a dropout prevention counselor.
"The principal from the school will present a case before the disciplinary committee, and the committee will decide if the student will be sent to the alternative school or remain in that school," said Dana Osburn, principal of Lincoln County Alternative School.