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Published: June 26, 2020


THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MET VIRTUALLY THURSDAY EVENING. THE MEETING BEGAN WITH DIRECTOR MCDANIEL GIVING A REPORT ADVISING THAT AS OF THE END OF MAY, OVER 28 THOUSAND STUDENTS HAD BEEN FED BY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WITH APPROXIMATELY 208 THOUSAND MEALS. SINCE THEN THE MEALS TO YOU PROGRAM HAS BENEFITTED APPROXIMATELY 1200 FAMILIES. MEMBERS THEN TURNED THEIR FOCUS TO THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN AUGUST WHICH BROUGHT MUCH DISCUSSION. DIRECTOR MCDANIEL AND INTERIM DIRECTOR ADKINS SPOKE TO THE BOARD AND EXPLAINED A PLAN TO REOPEN WHICH INCLUDES THREE TIERS; TRADITIONAL AND REMOTE LEARNING MODULES AS WELL AS A HYBRID VERSION. TRADITIONAL WOULD HAVE ALL STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOLS WITH MITIGATION IN PLACE AND SAFETY PROCEDURES. REMOTE LEARNING WOULD BE DONE VIRTUALLY OVER THE INTERNET WITH COMPUTERS AND THE HYBRID WOULD BE A MIXTURE OF BOTH WHERE STUDENTS COULD POSSIBLY BE IN SCHOOL TWO DAYS THEN REMOTE LEARNING ONE DAY THEN BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS. THE BOARD VOTED TO ADOPT THE PLAN AND MORE DETAILS WILL CONTINUE TO BE WORKED ON AS NEW INFORMATION IS RECEIVED REGARDING COVID. THE BOARD ALSO VOTED TO ALLOW THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS TO MAKE ARCHITECTURAL DECISIONS WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL AS IT PERTAINS TO COVID 19 SUCH AS ANY NECESSARY STRUCTURE CHANGES TO ASSIST THE SCHOOLS IN HAVING A PLACE TO ISOLATE A STUDENT WHO EXPERIENCES SYMPTOMS OF COVID OR WHO HAS A FEVER. A VIRTUAL SCHOOL CONCEPT WAS THEN PRESENTED TO THE BOARD AND APPROVED REGARDING A NEW MEANS OF TEACHING STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AS AN ALTERNATIVE. THE SCHOOL WOULD BENEFIT STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN AND ADVISED THEY WILL NOT HAVE THEIR CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL DURING THE PANDEMIC. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING CERTIFIED BY THE STATE AND DETAILS WILL CONTINUE TO BE WORKED ON. OTHER ITEMS DISCUSSED DURING THE MEETING INCLUDED THE CONSIDERATION OF INGRAM SOWELL ELEMENTARY AND DAVID CROCKETT ELEMENTARY AS A C-E-P SCHOOL AND THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAM WHERE IT WAS REPORTED THAT MCDANIEL AND ADKINS WILL BE MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPALS AT LORETTO AND SUMMERTOWN HIGH SCHOOLS AND E O COFFMAN TO DISCUSS THEIR NEEDS AND PLANS WILL THEN BE DRAFTED UP TO PRESENT TO THE BOARD.