South Carroll Special School District

New board members sworn in, officers elected

Two recently elected board members were sworn in and board officers were elected during the September 17 meeting of the South Carroll Board of Education.

Taking the oath of office for the first time were incoming board members Donna McDaniel-Cox and Nick Cobb, who were both elected to the board back in August.

Board officers for the 2020-21 school year were then elected, including Corey Bartholomew as chairman, Christy Blount as vice-chairman, Tom Miller as secretary, McDaniel-Cox as treasurer, and Cobb as vice-treasurer.

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In other business:

•Director of Schools Lex Suite praised Supervisor of Instruction Teresa McDaniel for all the hard work she has put into working on the school system’s Continuous Learning Plan and getting it submitted to the state before most school systems in this area. The plan details how Clarksburg School will meet state guidelines and expectations and minimize learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

•Jennifer Medford and Mandy Drewry with the Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) gave a presentation highlighting the health-related activities and CSHP has conducted at Clarksburg School over the past year.

•Suite advised the board that he is looking into ways to upgrade the sound system in the new gymnasium.

•The board gave second reading approval to a board policy regarding the Families First Coronavirus Act. This policy ensures two weeks of paid leave for staff members self-quarantining due to infection or exposure to the coronavirus and establishes other income and job protecting measures for school employees dealing with COVID-related situations.

•Suite advised the board that concession stand workers at sports events would be following CDC guidelines, and he pointed out that some usual concession staples, such as freshly popped popcorn, would be replaced with pre-packaged items.

•The board gave second reading approval to a resolution authorizing the emergency suspension of board policies during the 2020-21 school year as necessitated by the developing COVID-19 situation and permitted by the state.

•Approval was given to the monthly financial report, the annual textbook compliance form, and federal budget amendments as part of the consent agenda.

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