d board policy dealing with tobacco and nicotine was introduced at the Jersey Shore Area School board meeting Monday night.
According to Dr. Jill Wenrich, district superintendent, changes were made to the policy to address vaping and vaping materials. She contended the changes were important because vaping seems to be on the rise.
“For some reason those who are consuming vaping materials are not understanding the great health risk that comes with that, so we need to do a better job at getting the message out,” she said.
“I do not believe that parents are understanding the severity of the materials that our students are vaping with,” Dr. Wenrich added.
The policy with the changes reads, “For purposes of this policy, nicotine shall mean a product that contains or consists of nicotine in a form that can be ingested by chewing, smoking, inhaling or through other means.”
It continues, “For purposes of this policy, a nicotine delivery product shall mean a product or device used, intended for use or designed for the purpose of ingesting nicotine or another substance. This definition includes, but is not limited to, any device or associated product used for what is commonly referred to as vaping or juuling.”
The first read of two other policies, one dealing with student activity funds and another with diabetes management, also were reviewed by the board.
The policies will be on the April 22 board meeting for final approval.
Under personnel business, the board approved:
• Winter sport head coaches for 2019-20 school year: Scott Munro, varsity boys basketball; Darrin Bischof, girls varsity basketball; Jenna Brooks, varsity swimming; Dave Herman, varsity wrestling and Heather Griffis, varsity cheerleading.
• Joshua Ely as assistant middle school track and field coach at a stipend of $1684 for the 2018-19 season.
• Jodi del Rosario as a paraprofessional at Jersey Shore Area Elementary, at $16,438 per year for the 2018-19 school year.
• Jeremy Grove and Clifton Strayer as half time assistant varsity basketball coaches for the 2018-19 season at a rate of $1,218 each.
A roll call vote was taken on a motion to approve Mallory Myers as a middle school/high school guidance counselor at a rate of $67,500 per year. Voting for the appointment were the following board members: Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Kelley Wasson and Merrill Sweitzer. Voting no were: Michelle Stemler, Harry Brungard and John Pecchia. Christopher Fravel and Mary Thomas were absent.
The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m., April 22 at the district office, 175 A&P Drive.