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School system to double fuel budget

The McDuffie County school system will double its fuel budget next school year, Superintendent Jim LeBrun told board members Tuesday.

"We are $100,000 upside down on our fuel budget," LeBrun said during a planning meeting of the board.

If gasoline stays at $4 a gallon, he said, the system will be in the black. If it rises to $5, "we'll be upside down again," he said.

He also reported that the state had approved replacing its graduation test with end-of-course testing, as expected, which will alleviate some of the testing load.

The schools' code of conduct also has been updated to include "cyber-bullying" -- the use of computers and social media by students to harass other students, he told the board.

He said the code had also been revised with respect to punishment for bus misconduct. Instead of home suspension, students will be kicked off the bus for 10 days, he said, although major cases would still result in home suspension.

For violations of the schools' cell phone policy, principals can confiscate cell phones for up to 30 days for the first offense, 90 days for the second. Punishment for a third offense is up to the discretion of the principal, he said.

The board's regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

Web posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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