Winslow School Board Addresses Human Trafficking Awareness and School Safety Concerns

In a recent meeting of the Winslow School Board, members addressed the implementation of a human trafficking awareness forum for youths and tackled pressing school safety issues, including a substantial list of student violations and disciplinary actions. The meeting saw community members and parents participating, expressing their concerns and seeking improvements in the district’s policies.

This initiative comes as a response to community feedback and the recognition that such dangers are not confined to areas outside the township.

School safety was a focal point of the meeting, with one speaker reading a detailed report on student suspensions that included a variety of infractions from physical assaults to drug-related offenses. The report covered multiple schools within the district, with the middle school notably being ranked as the 25th most dangerous school in New Jersey. The extensive list of violations raised concerns about the learning environment and student behavior, prompting discussion on strategies to address these issues.

A parent raised concerns about the district’s cell phone policy. The parent cited a personal experience where their child felt unsafe and was unable to contact them due to the policy. This comment led to a broader discussion on the necessity of reviewing the policy to balance disciplinary measures with student safety and communication needs.

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Additionally, the board discussed logistical aspects of conducting meetings, debating whether the high school or middle school would serve as a more appropriate venue for future gatherings. Sound issues during meetings were also addressed, with a member noting that adjustments would be made to ensure better audio quality for attendees and those listening to recordings.

The meeting concluded with a motion to enter into an executive session to discuss confidential matters, specifically a student disciplinary appeal.

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Superintendent:
Dr. H. Major Poteat
School Board Officials:
Cheryl Pitts, Joe Thomas, Lorraine Dredden, Rita Martin, Rebecca Nieves, Julie Peterson, John Shaw, Kelly Thomas, Dorothy Carcamo (Assistant Superintendent), Tyra McCoy-Boyle (Business Adm./Board Secretary), Howard C. Long, Jr (Board Solicitor)

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