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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2019 4 days ago

OCPS names new administrators for four West Orange-area schools

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During their June 11 meeting, school board members also approved revisions to the OCPS Code of Conduct .
by: Danielle Hendrix Associate Editor

During the June 11 Orange County School Board meeting, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins introduced new administrators for four West Orange-area schools.

Kelsey Bergh was named an assistant principal at Ocoee High; Mary Clark was named assistant principal at Castleview Elementary; Xhuljeta Gjini is the new principal of MetroWest Elementary; and Atresa Grubbs-Holmes is now the principal at Westpointe Elementary.

Additionally board members approved changes to the OCPS Code of Student Conduct for the 2019-20 school year. According to the board, the purpose of these revisions is “to authorize procedures for disciplinary action and address the rights of students.”

Changes, revisions and additions include:

  • All threats made to a school or person will be taken seriously, regardless of intent.
  • Random searches may occur at any time and are not protected by Safe Harbor. (Searches of students and property will be conducted if school personnel have reasonable suspicion of a violation of the law or the code, and reasonable suspicion is not required to conduct random searches of OCPS-owned property.)
  • Reminder of a Code of Civility. This essentially states that all students, OCPS faculty/staff, parents and guardians must treat each other with courtesy, respect and kindness, as well as take responsibility for one’s own actions and cooperate with one another. This section also includes guidelines for Code of Civility enforcement.

To view the OCPS Code of Student Conduct and see the changes, click here.

Danielle Hendrix is the Associate Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in world comparative studies. ...

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