Hall High School will join a class action lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturers, with a resolution declaring the vaping epidemic has created a serious health and safety crisis at the school.
The school board Wednesday adopted the resolution, paving the way to join the lawsuit against Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers by retaining the firm of Sanders, Phillips Grossman, PLLC to represent the school to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue in federal court all civil remedies that may be afforded.
Superintendent Jesse Brandt said, “Vaping devices and e-cigarettes definitely have been an issue that we deal with on a weekly basis. These are not healthy for our students, and hopefully the manufacturers of these will no longer market these products towards our youth.”
In other news:
Students have the opportunity to participate in many after-hours activities during the winter term thanks to the 21st Century Grant Partnership between Hall High School and the Regional Office of Education. Diana Golden is the coordinator of the program and also helps with several of the clubs.
Students can keep fit by attending yoga class with Theresa Colmone or go to Fit Club with Tom Keegan, where students exercise to their personalized fitness plan. Cooking Club is offered by Linda Hoover. Students interested in creative writing have the opportunity to work with Ann Maller and students interested in web development work with Jim Van Fleet. Homework help is available from several teachers including Maureen Clydesdale, JoAnna McConville, and Nicky Barto.
Hall Light is a group where students learn about reporting and journalism. They are currently working to photograph all winter sports and activities.
Sponsor Allie Lemise said, “They have learned so much this year about incorporating text, reporting, incorporating quotes, and attention-getting headings, and subheadings.”
The Hall DEEDs Program continues to be busy. On Feb. 24 they held a Rally for Respect Basketball Night. Athletes and peer partners were introduced, ran through a tunnel made by Hall cheerleaders and Devilette’s, and had a basketball skills demonstration on the court with the varsity boys basketball players.
The DEEDs group is also hosting a weekly soup and pasta kitchen for staff members All money raised during the kitchen time is used to pay for the ingredients for the cooking lessons.
Students and staff will participate in a Hall Pride Polar Plunge on Feb. 29 at Lake Mendota.
The board accepted with regret the resignation of Randy Tieman as head football coach.
An updated waiver request for modification of school code for tuition was approved. This was done in December but due to a problem with the paperwork it needed to be resubmitted. This waiver allows staff members who live outside of the Hall School District to enroll their students tuition-free.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the library.