Homeless student policy on agenda for South Whidbey School Board

The South Whidbey School Board will meet tonight to talk about the district’s policy on homeless students.

The existing policy was amended to specify homeless students may not be denied or delayed enrollment if they lack typical documentation such as an academic record, a medical record, proof of residency and a mailing address.

Other items on the agenda include policies related to upcoming changes on the board. In November, two new board members will replace Board Chairman Rich Parker and Board Member Leigh Anderson.

Board members are expected to discuss director orientation, and amend the policy to make clear that educating new board members will be the responsibility of the board chairman or a designee, with help from the district superintendent. New board members will be taught about public meetings, conflict of interests, governing and procedure.

The board will also talk about the process for when a director steps down, and that a written notice of resignation must be accepted by fellow board members.

Other topics on the agenda include policies that reflect recent changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act, and district boundaries for board members.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the board’s meeting room on the South Whibey Primary School Campus.

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