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FUSD Board Hears Proposed Definition Of Bullying

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Tonight the Flagstaff Unified School District governing board was presented with the rough draft of a proposed new anti bullying policy. Assistant Superintendent Dave Dirksen recommended that the board adopt a totally new policy rather than revising the old policy. The board will review the new policy and give recommendations on wording and content in the coming weeks. Included in tonight’s rough draft was the highly anticipated “Definition of Bullying” It reads:

“For the purpose of this policy, harassment, intimidation and bullying means any gesture, any written, verbal, physical conduct or any electronic communication whether a single incident or a series of incidents based on real or perceived actions towards any person or group or that person’s friends, relatives or associates because of someone’s race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, sex, gender expression or identity or sexual orientation.”

Several parents have contacted me expressing concerns that the new definition may be too broad and could lead to innocent kids and teachers being accused. Others have told me that a broad definition is essential if the district plans to seriously address the problem of school bullying.

I would appreciate feedback from my readers on the above proposed definition. If you have an opinion one way or the other, please let me know in the comments section of my blog.

A big part of tonight’s meeting was budget related. Budget & Finance Director Ken Garland gave a presentation on several different scenarios the district could face. He said that one of the main reasons for the district’s budget shortfall is the reduction of students (including many “weighted” students with special needs).

Dave Dirksen said that the district plans on reducing special education employees such as counselors, psychologists, speech therapists and other paraprofessionals.

“When we have fewer students we need fewer personnel.” Dirksen explained.

Besides the reduction in special education staff, the district plans to run the programs more efficiently than they have in the past in order to save funds. Mr. Dirksen reiterated that these programs will still be as effective as they are now, even with the cuts.

FUSD will have a public budget session at 5:30 on Tuesday, May 3rd. The location is not listed on the district website yet but you can contact Executive Assistant Kim Branges at (928) 527-6002 for details. I will update my blog as soon as I have the location information available.


  1. Cap Daschete
    April 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

    “real or perceived”.


    2.as seen or understood by an individual
    In product design, where one deals with real, physical objects, there can be both real and perceived affordances, and the two need not be the same.

    I perceive witch hunts

  1. May 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

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