Bement school handbook revision allows some cellphone use
BEMENT — Come fall, Bement High School will be able to use their cellphones during lunch period and passing periods, after revisions were made to the student handbook.
Bement Principal Doug Kepley described the changes as "long overdue."
Kepley said that high school teachers can also let students use phones during class time for educational purposes.
Middle school students will not be allowed to have phones at all.
The handbook isn't all that's changing at Bement.
Superintendent Shelia Greenwood said summer projects at the high school will include a new roof for the Walsh Gymnasium lobby, which often leaks when it rains or snows.
Four companies bid on the job, with the winning one — for $34,000 — coming from Industrial Services of Mattoon.
Greenwood said a grant and Health Life Safety funds would cover the costs. Construction will begin in July.
Bement also will install several security cameras throughout the school. That project, along with one that will bring in building-wide Wi-Fi access, will start this month.