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District Policies to Comply With New State Law on Agenda for Raytown School Board Tonight

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Raytown School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as accepting a gift of two boxes of hair color for the career center and renewing a contract with a drug-testing vendor, board members will consider revising district policies.

According to the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA), Raytown’s board members should revise two district policies in order to comply with the state’s new Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. This act requires districts to disclose whether teachers have resigned after being threatened with termination because of allegations of sexual misconduct. Because of concerns that districts may be required to release such information even if the allegations turn out to be untrue, the MSBA has suggested revisions to the “Termination of Professional Staff Members” policy in an attempt to protect the district from being sued.

Also according to the student protection act, all school boards in the state must create written policies describing what information they will provide to other public schools regarding former employees. Raytown’s school board will consider a new “References” policy recommended by the MSBA. The deadline for compliance with this section of the act is July 1.

The Board of Education meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the district’s Administration Building; 6608 Raytown Road; Raytown, MO 641133. Next month, the board will meet Monday, June 11.


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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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