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Hope School Board

By Staff, 12/21/20 6:39 PM

The Hope School Board met Monday December 21st for their regular monthly meeting. Following the approval of the minutes and the financials, the meeting moved into the Superintendent’s report.

Under the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Bobby Hart asked each principal to talk to the board about what they’re doing this year during the “Flex Friday” activities. Ashlea Stuart of Clinton Primary led off with her report followed by Dr. Roy Turner of Beryl Henry, Dr. Carol Ann Duke, of HAPS, Mike Radebaugh of Yerger Middle School, Bill Hoglund of Hope High, and Cledus Coulter of the CATS program. Board member Bubba Powers gave his appreciation to the principals and noted he could not be more pleased in how adaptive everyone has been in this situation.

Gretchen Carlton was unable to present a COVID-19 report but Dr. Hart filled in. He noted the district is staying under the 5 active cases the state mandates. Dr. Hart also noted the Bobcat sports are down until December 28th due to both a boy basketball player and a female basketball playing testing positive a few days ago.

Dr. Hart shared some preliminary sketches on some renovation/expansion of the press box. He noted the architect has estimated the project could cost $150,000 to $650,000. Dr. Hart also talked about the work the district is planning for Jones Field House. When asked about what a new gym would cost, Dr. Hart noted to do it right it might be $12 million dollars.

The board looked at buying a box truck to transport meals. The money would come from CARES Act money. The board voted to allow the district to buy such a truck as long as the cost doesn’t exceed $42,000. The board also voted buy Maurice Henry a new truck and move his truck to a maintenance role. This would be a brand new 2020 model.

One potential program looked at by the board was termed the “COVID-19 Learning Recovery Program”. This would start as a summer intervention program for grades k-4. Dr. Hart said this wouldn’t be the usual summer school. The board approved this as well as a classroom teacher and program coordinator. In response to a question from Board member Margaret Moss, he noted they hoped to also expand the program to the 5th and 6th students before the summer starts.

The board voted to hire an assistant “point of contact” for the district’s COVID tracing to back up Gretchen Carlton.

The board voted to continue the “Flex Friday” as long as the Governor has the state under a state of emergency due to COVID.

Personnel matters closed out the meeting.