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District 25 to ban 'use of e-cigarettes' on school property and vehicles

May 1, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton plans to revise its policy handbook to clarify a restriction on the use of cigarettes on school property.

Superintendent Terry Snyder electronic cigarettes, whose use is referred to as "vaping," are battery powered devices that require inhaling and puffing to create vapor and release nicotine, but no smoke.

Although they've been available for years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed new regulations and studies on e-cigarettes, and school districts that have policies against tobacco use and cigarettes are examining the situation.

Wyoming has joined other states in making it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 18. An increased use in younger people has been identified with the devices.

"The fact that it contains nicotine... it falls under the policy of the state," Snyder said.

So far, only one incident of e-cigarette use by a Riverton High School student has been reported, Snyder said, and a revision in the school handbook would bring their regulation in accordance with both state law and district policy.

"We need to get that written in a clear, well-established manner in our policies and our handbook," he said.

Current school policy does not allow smoking or other tobacco use on school property or in school-owned vehicles.

The board approved making the changes.

Action items

After the school board approved a reconfiguration proposal at the special services/alternative school, trustees approved a new assistant director of special services/alternative program position.

New job descriptions also were approved for the school's assistant director, special services secretary, data secretary and audiometric technician, case manager, at-risk transition coordinator, and teacher of the hearing impaired.

The board approved an out-of-state travel request from the Riverton High School golf team to travel to Arizona in September and members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America to go to Texas in July for a national conference.

The RHS golfers are the defending Class 4-A state champions.

Other items also received board approval:

- The resignation of Rendezvous Elementary school third-grade teacher Sady Perryman at the end of the 2013-2014 school year;

- 2014-2015 school year teacher contracts for Beth Sandlian, kindergarten at Ashgrove Elementary School; Sarah Newberry, first grade at Ashgrove; Zach Rotroff, second grade at Ashgrove; Alison Lee, third grade at Rendezvous; Blaze Sand, fourth-grade math at Rendezvous; Shaily Murray, fifth-grade language arts at Rendezvous; Rachael Kemner, fifth-grade special education; and Vanessa Hitchcock, fifth-grade language arts.

- The retirement from Riverton Middle School achievement specialist Janet Nyberg;

- A bid for the Alternative School Parking Lot Rehabilitation Project to 71 Construction in the amount of $89,471

- The resignations from crossing guard Todd Marsh and RHS night custodian Rachel Tate

Rendezvous lineup

Changes at Rendezvous Elementary for the 2014-15 school year were approved:

- Marci Campbell will change from math specialist to fifth-grade math;

- Justin Taylor will change from fifth-grade math to math specialist;

- Flo Webb will change from third-grade to fifth-grade math ;

- Kaitlin Filipek will change from fifth-grade math to third grade.

The board also was informed that Devon Energy donated $500 to buy supplies for Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-10, and school resource officer Cody Myers was featured on the cover of The Journal of School Safety.