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McKENZIE (January 29) McKenzie Board of Education granted tenure to Lauren Flannery, a teacher at McKenzie Elementary School, during the January 29 meeting.Lynn Watkins, director of schools, …
McKENZIE (January 29) McKenzie Board of Education granted tenure to Lauren Flannery, a teacher at McKenzie Elementary School, during the January 29 meeting.
Lynn Watkins, director of schools, recommended Flannery for tenure and the board unanimously approved. Flannery also serves as the MHS coach of the cheerleaders.
In other business, the board approved the 2020-2021 school calendar to coincide with all other school districts in the county. School starts Tuesday, August 4 and concludes May 19, 2021.
The calendar includes holidays as follows: September 7, Labor Day; September 21, professional development day; October 12-16 is Fall Break; November 25-27 is Thanksgiving; December 21 through January 1 is Christmas break; January 4 is Professional Development Day; January 18 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; February 15 is President’s Day; March 29 to April 2 is Spring Break.
Make-up days in excess of six canceled school days are February 15, March 29, 30, 31 and April 1.
Watkins said the schedule provides a full week of break in the fall and spring, which includes Good Friday.
The board approved a maximum price for the installation of overhead awnings at McKenzie Elementary School and McKenzie High School, where the awning will be at the entrance from the student parking lot.
The school is seeking a grant of $35,000 along with other schools in the county, except Huntingdon, to install an upgraded distance-learning system, that can be relocated from classroom to classroom. The local students can see and hear the remote teacher and the teacher can see and hear the students. If the grant is approved, the new system will be installed in the 2021-22 school year.
The contract for janitorial services expires on May 31, 2020. The school system is seeking bids for a contractor to provide those services.
Budget amendments included $5,004 to pay off-duty county sheriff’s deputies to work in the schools along with the full-time certified student resource officer.
Eight policies were reviewed by the school board, including the role of the school board, basic programs, testing programs, zero-tolerance offenses, alternative school programs, medicines, and student wellness. Most of the changes were to comply with state laws.
Board members were honored for their uncompensated service to the school district. They each received a small gift from the school district.
Watkins announced the school received a $5,900 refund from Utrust, the school’s workers’ compensation provider because of the low claim rate.
The board also heard from Craig and Renee Hobson concerning an issue of fairness to students. They made a very respectful presentation to the board. They noted students sometimes need extra support and encouragement along with fairness because students do not have equal athletic or academic abilities.
In the Director’s Report, Watkins said he accepted the resignations of Kim Dietsche (Special Education), Emily Daily (MES nurse), Jerry Hayes (MHS) coach, and cafeteria workers Gwen Canfield and Misty Moon.
Employed at MSSD were: Kathy Keys, MES Special Education; Gale Edwards, MES Nurse; Trey Cantrell, MHS History; Virginia Cross, MMS cafeteria; and Lewis Wilson, MMS cafeteria.