Science Hill school officials say they will not tolerate a single incident of bullying.

Board members last week took steps to adopt a school policy against bullying before it becomes a problem. The General Assembly is considering a bill that will require school districts in Kentucky to come up with a plan to address the issue.

While bullying is not a widespread problem at Science Hill, Supt. Rick Walker is moving ahead to include a policy against such behavior in the school improvement plan.

“We are looking at coming up with a plan that not only helps a child who feels he is being bullied, but to help the bullier understand it is inappropriate behavior,” said Walker.

He said school officials support “a zero-tolerance” policy. “It’s just not right,” Walker said of potential bullying situations. “Students should expect to come to school in a safe and non-threatening environment.”

The school superintendent said the House passed a bill against bullying and the Senate is expected to take similar action in the coming weeks.

“It is very minimal here, but one incident is too much,” said Walker. “We know about it because teachers hear it, see it or know it is happening.”

Verbal abuse appears to be more prevalent than physical bullying. Walker said the procedure right now is for the principal to handle the situation on a one-on-one basis in her office.

In other action, the board recognized the elementary Governor’s Cup team for their first-place finish in district competition. The team advances to the regional contest to compete against 18 other district winners Saturday, March 18, at Turner Elementary in Monticello.

•Discussed a proposed video surveillance system for the school building. Walker is looking into a couple of other options to compare prices, services and quality.

•Hired Barry Dalton, a certified public accountant, to compile the school audit.

•Heard reports on enrollment, progress on Spanish instruction and a breakdown on Encyclomedia usage from both teachers and students.

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