Bullying could soon have a broader definition in one local school district.

Last night, the Southwest Dubois School Board had its first reading of a new bullying policy that the district is considering. The new policy is being considered in light of more stringent regulations on what is considered bullying that came out of this past year’s state legislative session. Attorney Phil Schneider stated that the new policy will get the Southwest district more in line with the state’s new bullying standards.

Under the new policy, bullying would be expanded to include activity on computers and electronical data. In addition, bullying off of school property will also be considered as bullying under the new school policy. School employees with direct supervision over students (teachers, administrators, or designees)would be required to report any bullying or perceived bullying going forward.

Southwest Dubois Superintendent Mike Eineman says the new policy creates more responsibility for bullying to be reported. He also says it should be a positive for students in the corporation:

There will be a second reading of the new policy at a future meeting before the measure is implemented.

In other news at last night’s meeting, the board approved a $100,000 appropriation from the district’s referendum fund. The money will be used to pay off school reconstruction bonds that will no longer be covered by government subsidy. There was a public hearing for the appropriation, but no one from the public spoke.

The board also welcomed incoming treasurer Allison Pund. Pund, a native of Dubois, will be transitioning into the position to replace outgoing treasurer Pam Fritz. Pund says she hopes to keep things running smoothly for the corporation:

Pund is a Northeast Dubois High School graduate. She earned her degree in accounting and finance from Bellarmine University and currently resides in Huntingburg.

Finally last night, the board recognized their students of the month for October. These were: Holland Elementary 4th grader Alexis Smith, Huntingburg Elementary 5th grader Briley King, Southridge Middle School 6th grader Audra Hochgesang (last month’s student of the month receiving her recognition), and Southridge High School senior Sydney Barrett. October’s student of the month for Southridge Middle School (8th grader Katlyn Brewer) was unable to attend last night’s meeting. She will be recognized at the November school board meeting.