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Blevins School Board

By Liz Woll, 08/12/21 6:23 AM

The Blevins School Board met Monday evening at 6:30pm in the Blevins School Cafeteria. The meeting started with prayer, the pledge, and the approval of the last meeting’s minutes.

One of the first issues discussed centered around this school year’s Ready For Learning Plan. Among the safety measures reviewed, it was necessary for the school board to determine what the district’s mask policy will be heading into the new year. It was mentioned that the reason mask restrictions weren’t lifted at the end of the last school year was both because of lessening restrictions elsewhere, and how disastrous an outbreak in the school would have been at that point. There was some back and forth over whether masks should be mandatory now. It was clear the mask restrictions were wearing on some, and there was interest in giving parents back some control over the situation by allowing them to choose whether or not their children would wear masks. Others voiced concerns about the health of the close-quartered student body, and that ‘highly recommended’ in practice meant ‘do whatever you want’. Superintendent Dixon voiced her opinion, stating it was her job to supply students with a safe environment. All the same, the board’s vote of 4-2 ruled in favor of making masks ‘highly-recommended’, though there is a possibility that this policy may change in the future. The Blevins’ Ready For Learning plan and any changes therein can be found on the Blevins School District website.

Another issue discussed was the possibility of a COVID vaccine bonus. The idea is that employees who had received at least one of the two vaccine shots by a date early into the school year would receive a financial bonus of $200, supplied by the Federal COVID relief funds. The idea was floated that there be a second, similar deadline later in the school year so that those who miss the first would still have the possibility of receiving the bonus, should they want to, though at this time only the first bonus could be voted on. Dixon was in favor of this proposal, and most of the board received it positively, though the vote passed with only 5-1 in favor.

Other issues discussed include an increase to the Nurse and Bus Driver’s salary schedules, the purchase of outside picnic tables, trash cans, and the like so that lunch could be held outside, and an extension to employee leave in case of COVID complications.

The meeting’s minutes can be found on the Blevins School District’s web page.

https://www.blevinshornets.org/browse/168620