NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – School leaders in New Hanover County did not discuss a policy that would ban romantic relationships at their Tuesday night meeting.
The Board of Education agreed on an update to the school system's ethics policy, but it did not contain a mention of romantic relationships.
Last week, one school board member said the policy would be discussed at the next meeting because a romantic relationship at central office prompted it.
The new fraternization policy will be discussed at the board's next policy committee meeting. We asked Chairman Don Hayes for an explanation, and he said Assistant Superintendent John Welmers would be better suited to answer any questions.
Welmers said the fraternization policy, which is still being drafted, will cover employee protection in a situation where a supervisor cannot have a relationship with a subordinate.
"Obviously that puts them in a work environment that's difficult," he said.
Board members passed the updated ethics policy on a first reading and will consider it for a second reading at their next meeting.
The update includes language that prohibits a supervisor from punishing or stopping someone from reporting an offense on his or her supervisor.
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