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BOE will require new policy to require notification of juvenile sex offenders enrolled in system

The Butler County Board of Education discussed a new policy that will require the notification of juvenile sex offenders enrolled in public schools.

According to the “Supervision of Low Risk Juvenile Sex Offenders” policy adopted by the Alabama State Department of Education, Superintendent Joseph Eiland will require the notification of juvenile sex offenders “enrolled or attending school within the board’s jurisdiction for the purpose of appropriate supervision during the school day and during school activities.”

The student would be supervised by a “Supervision Team” that includes the principal and the student’s teachers, counselor, coaches and bus driver.

The second policy change was reducing the term of board members from six years to four years, which will go into effect after November’s election. The policy revision is required due to a new state law.

In the superintendent’s report, Eiland discussed virtual learning.

“Teachers are warming up to it, but there is a tremendous learning curve,” Eiland said.

Eiland also reported new funding for two Greenville schools that would allow students to access after school tutoring at no charge.

Greenville High School received the 21st Century Community Learning grant totaling at $103,000 for three years. W.O Parmer Elementary School received the same grant for $108,000. Greenville Elementary School has two years of the grant left, totaling at $92,000 per year.

“Every kid in our school district has access to after school tutoring at no charge for the next couple of years,” Eiland said.

The board also received a certificate of appreciation for their commitment and dedication in students’ lives during the pandemic.

“I would like to confer that upon the superintendent and his administration, and the principals and schools that have done such an outstanding job over the summer,” District 2 Representative Lois Robinson said.
In other business discussions, the board approved the agenda, minutes and payroll, financial reports, and a revised personnel report.