The School Board spent a majority of its regular monthly meeting Monday discussing instructional plans for second semester, which will begin Monday, January 4, 2021. (Go to the 25 minute, 15 second mark)

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The Board unanimously affirmed its intent to return from Winter Break Monday, January 4 to four days of in-person instruction (with families having an all-virtual option if they choose). Wednesdays will be devoted to virtual check-ins, independent learning, small group interventions, enrichment opportunities, and an opportunity to touch base with any students that have selected an all-virtual option for learning. More details about these schedules will be forthcoming to students and families from building principals.

The Board will hold its next regular monthly meeting Monday, January 11 and will review how the new schedule is going and discuss its intent of moving to a traditional five day in-person schedule.

At this time, there will be no meeting scheduled for Monday, December 28. If cases would rise enough to warrant a meeting to revisit the plan to return after Winter Break, the Board stated it would be open to a meeting over break.

Other Business:

— The Board heard a reminder of the election timeline. 

The deadline for incumbents (Nate Chambers, Aaron Dunn, Everett Lindsey) to file notice of non-candidacy is December 28th at 5 pm if they are wishing to not run for another term.

The deadline for candidates, including incumbents, to file all documents needed to establish eligibility on the Spring 2021 ballot is January 5th at 5 pm in the District Office. Please contact School Board Secretary Angela Schubert with any questions at 987-0740 or (Go to the 20 minute, 45 second mark)

— The Board unanimously approved allowing middle school girls basketball and middle school wrestling participation beginning in January, following Athletic Director Vickie Dahl’s guidelines. (Go to the two hour, five minute, 20 second mark)

— The Board discussed a plan to encourage families who have open enrolled out of the district to return. (Go to the two hour, 19 minute, 15 second mark)

— The Board discussed a plan to address academic deficiencies during the second semester. (Go to the two hour, 25 minute mark)

— The Board unanimously approved phasing out the Ad-Hoc Reopening Committee. The Board thanked the members for their hard work and dedication over the past several months. The Board also expressed a desire to keep using the committee’s report card with data and metrics as a decision-making tool. (Go to the two hour, 42 minute, 15 second mark)

— The Board unanimously approved continuing with the district’s facemask policy following CDC guidelines and removing the item from the agenda monthly for review. The policy will remain in effect until the Board takes action to remove it. (Go to the two hour, three minute mark)

— Superintendent Wainwright reviewed the district’s annual audit from Johnson & Block. (Go to the 21 minute, 30 second mark)

— Superintendent Wainwright presented his monthly budget update. (Go to the 18 minute, 35 second mark)

— Due to the instructional model shifting to more in-person instruction, the additional instructional assistant at the elementary is not needed at this time, so no action was taken. (Go to the two hour, 18 minute mark)

— The Board unanimously approved the credit card statement and bills payable. (Go to the two hour, 59 minute, 30 second mark)

— The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for Monday, January 11 at 6:30 pm.