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Marathon meeting for PSB

By Staff, 11/12/21 9:13 AM

PRESCOTT – November’s meeting of the Prescott School Board lasted more than three hours as the board dealt with four expulsion hearings.

Three of the hearings were held in closed session, with the possible punishment given before the conference room at Prescott Junior High School was cleared of those not involved. All carried a possible year-long expulsion. When all was said and done, the board followed the recommendation of Superintendent Robert Poole, but those results were not made public at the meeting.

The board’s regular business didn’t take long to deal with at all. The meeting began with the reorganizing of the school board, with JoBeth Glass remaining president, Michael Williams the vice president and Ryan Harvey the secretary.

The panel accepted the transfer of two students from the Nevada School District, and approved the required annual equity compliance report.

Enrollment was given as 897 for the district, with 328 in Prescott Elementary School, 270 in PJHS and 299 in Prescott High School. Last month’s figures also included students in kindergarten, but as the district isn’t paid for them, they were taken out of the equation.

Financially, Poole said, the district is in good shape. It ended in good shape last year and started off well this year. At this time, the district is bringing in more money than it’s spending.

With no Covid cases and no quarantines, the board agreed to make the wearing of masks on buses optional. This means students can choose to wear masks on buses if they want. However, if things change and Covid cases begin to rise, this policy will be reexamined.