COVID vaccine offered to school staff

Hollow Rock-Bruceton Director of Schools David Duncan provided Board of Education members with an update of COVID-19-related issues during the Jan. 11 meeting.

Duncan advised the board that all school district employees, including substitute teachers, have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine.

Duncan added that doses of the vaccine are still available for staff members who have not yet taken it and wish to be vaccinated.

He also updated the board on CARES Act funding, pointing out that funding allotted to the school district from CARES Act I must be spent by September of 2022 and that funding offered through CARES Act II must be spent by September 2023.

In both cases, Duncan said that this funding must go toward COVID-related expenses, and a plan for spending this money must be drafted and then approved by the board.

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In other business:

•The board voted to take bids for the installation of a new roof to the high school football field house.

•The board was advised about an upcoming special state legislative session on Jan. 19 in order to discuss issues surrounding schools missing numerous days due to the pandemic.

•The board approved two budget amendments – one for $1,500 for EIS Consultant and one for $65,000 for Educere Virtual School – for a total decrease of $66,500 in the fund balance.

•The board voted to have repairs done to the bleachers at the football stadium.

•Yearly performance evaluation forms for the director of schools were handed out to each board member, and the board was instructed to complete these forms and return them at the next board meeting.

•Central High School Principal Joe Norval reported on upcoming events, including: an afterschool tutoring program taught by Shanna Boyd and Theresa Scott for credit recovery, starting on Jan. 12 and to be held for eligible students every Tuesday from 3-5 p.m.; a tentative date of May 14 has been set for graduation; Parent/Teacher Conference will for the entire school will be Feb. 11 with a focus on lower-level students.

•Supervisors Scott Crocker and Trey Crews advised the board that 24 students will remain on virtual learning as opposed to 72 virtual students during the first semester.

•The next board meeting was set for Feb. 8.

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