Students who take e-cigarettes to Eden schools will lose them when the school year begins.
The Eden School Board changed its policy Wednesday night, allowing personnel to remove and keep electronic cigarettes instead of returning them to a student.
Superintendent Sandy Anzalone said she recommended amending the policy because returning the e-cigarettes failed to prevent repeated offenses.
Health and safety reasons did not play a role in her recommendation because the dangers are not fully known.
She wants to discourage students from taking the materials to school.
“We don’t want to see our students suspended,” she said in the junior-senior high school’s cafeteria.
In another matter, the board selected Young and Wright Architectural for the district’s building condition survey for a capital project.
The firm will examine safety and security issues such as the location of entrances and will also explore alterations to the district’s configuration. District officials may consider switching from the junior-senior high school format, which has grades seven through 12, to a middle school and high school.
Officials would like to alter the setup without constructing buildings.
“We have ideas,” Anzalone said. “We’re just not sure how to go about it.”
Young and Wright will work with Campus Construction Management Group, a firm the board chose for construction management.
The construction management company is based in Pittsford, a Rochester suburb, and has offices in Williamsville.
District officials estimate the project will cost $5 million to $7 million and be finished by 2020.
The firms will also study alternative energy sources, athletic field improvements and lighting placement.
Officials also approved raising the lunch prices by $2 at the junior-senior high school and $1.90 at the elementary school and Grover L. Priess Primary School.