Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School committee approves student handbook changes


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Committee (MVRHS) approved changes in the student handbook for the 2011-2012 school year, at a meeting Monday.

The discipline section, renamed the Code of Conduct, now includes separate sections on general conduct and dress expectations. The high school’s academic honesty policy was changed to expand the definition of cheating and to add a reference to plagiarism.

The student spotlight this month featured senior Marie “Maddie” Penicaud, who presented a slide show documenting her trip to Haiti as a volunteer in 2009.

In other business, Jerry Murphy, general manager of the new MV Sharks summer collegiate baseball team, asked the school committee for naming rights to the high school’s baseball field for two months in the summer of 2012.

Based on a review of school policies that deal with signs and naming sites on the high school campus, superintendent of schools James Weiss did not recommend that the school committee grant the request. The committee approved a motion by David Rossi of Edgartown to table the discussion until next month.

School business administrator Amy Tierney said that the state certified the high school’s excess and deficiency fund at $777,056, as of July 1, 2010. Since the amount is less than five percent of the operating budget, Ms. Tierney said by law the school is allowed to keep the funds.

The school committee also agreed to establish a scholarship fund from old student activities funds, to assist students who cannot afford fees for school field trips or activities.

After three years, Susan Mercier of Edgartown stepped down as school committee chairman. Priscilla Sylvia of Oak Bluffs was elected the new chairman and Colleen McAndrews of Tisbury the vice chairman.

The committee’s next meeting is at 7 pm, June 6, in the MVRHS library conference room.