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Education board members discuss middle school athletic director

SALISBURY — The Board of Education approved an updated bullying policy and school climate plan and gave a provisional endorsement to the idea of creating the position of middle school athletic director during the regular monthly board meeting Monday, Jan. 23. Vice Chairman Jennifer Weigel said the changes to the bullying policy were mostly minor, and she suggested making the school climate plan an administrative matter rather than a policy, to provide flexibility for Salisbury Central School Principal Chris Butwill (who wrote most of the plan).Chairman Brian Bartram, reporting on last week’s All Boards Committee meeting, said that while no action was taken on the question of creating a part-time position of middle school athletic director, the idea was gaining some traction among the various boards. (The ABC is a committee of the Region One Board of Education and is comprised of the chairmen of the school boards from the six member towns — Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon — plus the Region One chairman.)Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain said she had been thinking in terms of a 20-hour-per-week position, at an hourly pay rate of between $18 and $19 per hour. She also said the position would be more of a coordinator’s job, and would not run out of the high school athletic director’s office, but from the Region One office.Using Chamberlain’s hypothetical example, Salisbury’s share of the cost for the middle school athletic director’s salary would be about $2,500 — a number that was acceptable to the board.Butwill, asked for his opinion, said it would be helpful to him to have someone in a centralized position to handle scheduling, hiring referees and coaches and checking certifications.

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