N. Thurston sees drop in school infractions

District saw 233 fewer in 2012-13 than in 2011-12; only 1 student was expelled

Staff writerNovember 5, 2013 

There were fewer discipline infractions in North Thurston Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year than the year prior, according to a report that will be presented Tuesday at the School Board meeting.

According to the report, the district had:

 • 1,674 short-term suspensions and 51 long-term suspensions; 534 were in-school suspensions and 1,191 were out-of-school suspensions.

 • One expulsion.

 • Two formal reports filed with the district to investigate alleged harassment, intimidation and bullying. One was at the elementary level and one was at a high school. In addition, there were 66 complaints made at the school-level involving possible harassment, intimidation or bullying behavior.

“We take both types of complaints seriously,” district spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve said. Formal reports are investigated by district administrators, and school level complaints usually involve a discussion between a student and the school principal and are often resolved with a phone call home.

 • An annual decline in number of infractions. The district had 1,726 infractions in 2012-13, compared with 1,959 in 2011-12 and 2,161 in 2010-11.

“Examining specific misconduct, we experienced increases in drug/alcohol and tobacco violations as well as threat of assault,” the executive summary of the report states. “We saw decreases in assault, fighting, HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying) and inappropriate language. Of special note is the decrease in suspensions for disobedience/noncompliance and disruptive conduct.”

Schrieve credited the district’s emphasis on rewarding positive behavior

for the decrease in discipline referrals at schools.

Districtwide, 662 students committed one offense, or 38 percent of the infractions, and 336 students were repeat offenders and committed 64 percent of the infractions. The 998 students make up about 7 percent of the student population, according to the report.

The School Board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the John W. Gott Administrative Center, 305 College St. NE, Lacey. For more information, call 360-412-4418 or go to nthurston.k12.wa.us.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433

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