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Schools to examine politicking policy

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

A review of Policy Code 5210 — the distribution and display of non-school materials — will be discussed during the Board of Education Policy Committee meeting tonight in response to recent events during the School Board election earlier this month.
Speculation and discussion regarding the ethics behind Board Chair Ed Hatley’s decision to hand out political literature outside the gates of a local school.
Hatley has said he knew of cases when others before him had interpreted the law the same as he had — that as long as he wasn’t on school grounds, distributing campaign materials was OK.
Hatley’s opponent during the recent election, Anita McCall, and other local residents weren’t sure they agreed.
Curriculum Committee Chair Clayton Mullis will revisit the policy for clarification this week, to ensure there are no misinterpretations of the legislation in the future.

The Curriculum Committee will start off the night at 6 p.m. at the School Board office, 353 N. Generals Blvd., followed by the Policy and Budget and Finance committees.

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