A Board of Education vote on a proposed revision of the school district's student discipline policy has been postponed for the second time in as many meetings of the panel.

The board on Tuesday night sent the proposal back to its Policy Committee with instructions to vote on the changes before bringing it to the full board for a vote.

The school panel discussed the proposal at a meeting in late February with the intent of voting on it at its March meeting, but delayed the vote at board member Paul Fattibene's request. Fattibene, also a committee member, asked for the postponement so the three-member committee could consider his amendments to the language regarding the hiring of a hearing officer for expulsion cases and keeping the board informed about disciplinary actions.

The proposed revision would allow the board to appoint a hearing officer instead of having five school board members sit in on expulsion hearings. It would also eliminate the definition for "in-school suspension" and broaden the definition for "suspension" to align the policy with a state law requiring suspensions to take place in school unless administrators determine the student poses a sufficient danger or disruption to the school.

-- Michael C. Juliano