The following were among actions taken by the District of Columbia Board of Education at its Sept. 16 meeting. For more information, call 724-4222.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT -- The board voted 10 to 1 support the D.C. Council's current policy requiring city employes to live in the District. It also voted unanimously to devise within two months a strategy to attract and retain city teachers to avert a possible teacher shortage.
Opponents of the residency requirement warned that the District will not only have difficulty attracting new teachers but will continue to lose good teachers to higher-paying suburban jobs. This summer, the city was able to hire more than 300 new teachers, but superintendent Floretta MacKenzie cautioned that shortages are imminent without new incentives.
Board member Bob Boyd (Ward 6), who dissented on the residency vote, had proposed an amendment exempting nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists because of a shortage of those employes in city schools.
Boyd's recommendation was strongly opposed by Calvin Lockridge (Ward 8).
"We are going as far as the Philippines to recruit nurses," Lockridge said. "I can't see bringing them all the way here to have them live in Virginia."
Boyd countered, saying that the shortages in these professions were so acute that the school system would be forced to break laws mandating certain types of therapists for handicapped children if the residency requirement is continued.
Nate Bush (Ward 7) urged that the issue be studied further. "If we feel that there are categories that should be exempt, let's put them forth in a package," Bush said.
PARENT CONFERENCE -- The board voted unanimously to allocate $67,000 for a controversial October City-Wide Parent Conference, expected to cost $291,000. The board hopes private corporations will contribute the rest of the funds.
School board president R. David Hall (Ward 2) proposed a conference this year to foster parent involvement in the school system. Initial plans proposed a $100,000 reception, a $50,000 luncheon, $35,000 worth of programs and $22,500 for T shirts.
Boyd criticized the $100,000 reception, saying, "I am very much opposed to spending that much of taxpayers' money to politic with parents."
Lockridge agreed with Boyd, calling it "absurd" to spend so much money on a "feel-good" session.
Bush pointed out that the board's corporate committee is soliciting funds from corporations and businesses to offset conference costs. So far, American Security Bank and McDonald's have agreed to underwrite parts of the conference.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES -- The board unanimously adopted policies on infectious diseases, with recommended minimum times of absence for illnesses such as chicken pox, hepatitis, meningitis, mumps and German measles (rubella).
The absence requirements would apply to students and employes, who would be required to bring a physician's note authorizing their return to school.
According to Paula Perelman, an attorney for the board, the regulations are new to the school system. As the Committee on Rules, Personnel Policy and Legislation prepared a policy on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, it decided to expand its study and include other ailments.
The new policy says that decisions "regarding the educational placement of students with AIDS . . . will be made on a case-by-case basis, based on the recommendation of the District of Columbia Commission on Public Health."
No AIDS policy is specified in employe regulations. Cases likely will be determined on an individaul basis, Perelman said.
Before they take effect, the regulations will be published in the D.C. Register on Oct. 2, with a 30-day period for public comment.