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NSB keeps mask policy

By submitted, 04/14/21 10:27 AM

ROSSTON – Nevada’s School Board, at its April meeting Tuesday night, voted to keep the district’s mask policy in place.

The state has removed restrictions concerning masks and gave school districts the option to keep them or get rid of them. The decision, though, had to be made by April 15, which didn’t give districts a lot of time. However, the Nevada board, voted 4-1 to leave the current mask policy in place. One benefit of masks is no days were lost to flu this year.

In other business, the board voted to transfer $20,100 from the building fund to the operating fund; approve the special education statement of assurance, which has to be done annually and states the district will follow all state and federal laws concerning special education; and adopt the 2021-22 digital learning plan.

Under this plan, Nevada High School will have the option for virtual learning along with grades 4-6. Third graders, though won’t have a virtual learning option. The digital learning will be handled through the Southwest Educational Cooperative.

Discussing personnel, Superintendent Rick McAfee said the district doesn’t have an art teacher to replace his wife, Frances, who’s also retiring at the end of the year. However, there are three applicants with call back interview scheduled for April 29. Those taking part in the interviews will be: incoming superintendent Roy McCoy, Nevada Elementary School Principal Tonda Pennington; NHS Principal Jason Arrington and McAfee. Applications for the position are still being accepted.

Prom for NHS will be held Friday, April 16, with graduation set for May 13.

The next board meeting will be May 27.