Jefferson school handout policy approved

November 13, 1996


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County School officials have adopted a less restrictive policy on how outside groups can distribute information in schools than one originally under consideration.

But some groups will still have less lattitude than others in how they can hand out materials.

Outside organizations such as parent-teacher groups said regulations that had been under consideration by the Jefferson County Board of Education would have considerably changed the way they distribute information in schools.

After school officials researched the issue, they realized that the only reason groups like PTOs and booster clubs exist is because of the schools, and that it would have been hard to prohibit them from giving out information in schools, Superintendent Jud Romine said.


The policy approved Monday allows PTAs, PTOs and booster clubs to distribute information in schools, Romine said. All other nonstudent groups will be more restricted, Romine said.

For example, other groups will have to fill out a disclaimer stating their information is not endorsed by the county school system. The groups will also have to place their material in a specially designated area, Romine said.

Romine would not comment on how he thinks the policy will affect a suit brought by parent Cindy DeLullo, which spurred the move to adopt a policy on information distribution. DeLullo filed the action against the Board of Education after she was refused permission to distribute information at a local elementary school about a school levy.

DeLullo or her attorney declined to comment Tuesday.

DeLullo filed suit in U.S. District Court after Page Jackson Elementary School Principal Richard M. Westfall would not allow her to distribute information at the school which argued against a school levy. The superintendent of schools had posted a letter at the school arguing in favor of the levy.

After DeLullo filed suit, U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley ordered school officials to develop a policy on information distribution. The case is still pending.

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