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Dress code, cell phone policies changed for WS Tech students

PRINGLE -- West Side Career and Technology Center students won’t carry cell phones and will wear golf shirts after the school’s joint operating committee revised two policies Monday.

The revised structured attire policy — also known as a dress code — eliminates the T-shirts and button-down shirts allowed last academic year and requires all students to wear polo shirts with three or four buttons. School Administrative Director Elizabeth Ellis said some female students were wearing collared shirts with low-cut openings, prompting the change.

The cell phone policy also was revised. Under the old policy, students were allowed to carry cell phones if they were shut off. Now, all cell phones will have to stay in students’ lockers during the day.

The committee also approved a first reading of a policy for employee cell phone use that prohibits the use of the phones during instructional time. Ellis said the policy was drafted at the committee’s request.

“The board felt that if we had a policy for students, we should have one for the staff, too,” Ellis said.

The committee also approved the tuition rate for students who do not reside in the four member districts of Wyoming Area, Lake-Lehman, Dallas and Northwest Area. The new annual rate will be $11, 245, down from $11, 725 last year.

Ellis said the majority of the school’s 520-plus students are from the Wyoming Valley West district, which is required by law to pay for its students.

In other business, the committee reappointed Paul Podolak, Karen Gomba and JoAnn Elko as para-professionals under the Perkins Grant program at $73 per day. Danielle Erikson, Pamela Heiser and Richard Jones were also hired as paraprofessionals at $70 per day.

Gina Harrison was approved as a health-related technology teacher. Frank Vandermark was appointed computer systems networking and telecommunications instructor.

Vandermark is the husband of school director of recruiting Lorri Vandermark.

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