Early school board members approved a changed policy regarding student cell phone use at Early middle and high school Monday, during a regular session board meeting.

The use of cell phones and other similar electronic devices will be prohibited on campus during the regular school day, as has been the rule of the last several years. But previously, a student found in violation was asked to release the device to the school faculty member or administrator, and could retrieve it after school by paying a fine.

Under the changed rule, paying a fine may not be enough to get the device back. The student and a parent will be required to meet with the school principal after the phone or device has been confiscated. A first offense may result in a fine, but a repeat offense will likely mean the phone will be confiscated for the remainder of the school year.

According to the code, a telecommunications device that is not retrieved at the end of the school year, “shall be disposed of by the district after providing notice required by law.”

In other business on Monday, the board:

• Reviewed campus fund-raising activities for the 2009-’10 school year;

• Approved the 2009-’10 appraisal calendar;

• Approved accepting an $850 bid for the purchase and removal by Aug. 28 of two storage buildings on the high school campus.