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|Knoxville School Board Discusses Closed Campus for Lunch
|A Knoxville School Board member is adamant that Knoxville High School should be a closed campus during lunchtime.
John Putnam brought the matter to the school board for discussion at Wednesday night's meeting. Putnam says there are problems with students who leave school for lunch. Others countered by saying they've received very few complaints about students who go off campus.
Putnam says allowing kids to be unattended is a bad idea.
"They're allowed to go out in the parking lot or walk off campus or whatever; we're responsible if something happens to them," Putnam said.
Board president Bob Bogard says he hasn't heard of any problems. Assistant principal Chad Bahnks says he's received two or three calls this year complaining about students. Putnam said during the discussion to, "take the blinders off, we've got problems."
Bogard suggested moving forward by surveying the community, putting a committee together, documenting the problems and addressing the issue. Putnam says the school board is elected to make the tough decisions.
One of his recommendations was to have three lunch periods instead of the current two. Principal Mike Kemmer says that poses a problem.
"We do not want to see the classroom time reduced," Kemmer said. "If you're going to look at your lunches, you're going to look at expanding the day."
Kemmer says expanding the day gets into contractual issues, which would then involve the Knoxville Education Association. He says three lunch periods might also change when the food is prepared, could prompt the need for more kitchen and officials would have to take a look at the kitchen equipment to see if it's sufficient.
Putnam says everyone will have to think outside the box. He also recommended possibly expanding the lunch room to accommodate the additional students who under a closed campus.
The board took no action.
|05 27 10 by Newsroom
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