CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board Monday voted 5-0 to hire nine new hall monitors for its high schools at a special meeting.
The new monitors are a part of an emphasis to make sure students are in classrooms as much as possible, said Superintendent Judy Wiegand said.
The idea of adding more monitors follows a model used at Urbana High School, Wiegand said. Champaign's two high schools already had three or four hall monitors each.
But more monitors will mean there will be enough to watch all the schools' entrances, and an adult will be present even after school, when extracurriculars are going on, she said.
They'll be trained about how to defuse conflict, as well, she said.
Board President Sue Grey said more hall monitors will reinforce the schools' expectations of students and their behavior.
"Any time you add adults in the buildings, it's a good thing," Grey said.
Adding the new monitors is expected to cost between about $153,000 and $164,600, with each monitor being paid about $17,000 to about $18,700.
Board members Ileana Saveley and Stig Lanesskog were absent from Monday's special meeting.
The board also approved, by a vote of 5-0, a contract with Champaign Telephone Co. for structured cabling and a paging and clock system for Westview Elementary School.
The cabling will cost about $90,000 and the clock system will cost about $56,000, which will be paid for from the capital projects fund.
Westview is being renovated, and its students will attend school at the former Carrie Busey Elementary on Kirby Avenue this fall.