The decision to keep Marshall County students out of school four extra days over Christmas break was made at the Dec. 17 school board meeting following the recommendation of Superintendent Trent Lovett and Director of Pupil Personnel Patricia Greer. Students were expected to return to in-person learning on Jan. 5, but an executive order by Gov. Andy Beshear on Dec. 18 recommends students to not return until Jan. 11.
Greer said with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. families usually have gatherings and that is when there is an uptick on the number of cases of the coronavirus.
There will be no school Jan. 4-6, and Jan. 7-8 will be educator learning days that were originally scheduled for January and March. The make-up days scheduled for February and March have been removed to allow the closing of school Jan. 4-6. The last day of school will now be May 14 instead of May 13.
“I didn’t think it would be best for our students to have four days of everyone being virtual. It would probably take us four days to get everybody lined up and logged in and all that good stuff, so I felt it was best just to push that start date back to Jan. 11,” said Lovett.
Two outgoing board members who did not seek reelection were recognized for their service to the Marshall County School District. Tiffany Carlson, District 5, who began serving in 2016, will replaced by Mary Beth Riggs, who will take office on Jan. 1. 2021. Donna Perry, District 4, has served 23 years as a board member. Before being elected to the board, Perry worked for 41 years for the district as an educator and administrator. She will be replaced by Ledonia Williamson on Jan. 1.
“I have been so blessed, and I just want to thank all you for letting me be a part of your lives. And I just hope I can come back and aggravate you,” said Perry.
Jeff Stokes, director of transportation and facilities told the board that bus drivers and cafeteria staff have prepared and delivered over 72,000 meals since Nov. 30.
“Hats off to the bus drivers, monitors, cafeteria staff that have put all this together for our students and made this possible to feed all of these kids. It’s not something that’s easily done. It takes a lot of man hours from those of those that go in there and put that together,” Stokes said.
Under action items, the board:
• Approved the treasurer’s report.
• Approved the audited annual financial report.
• Approved the 2021 board meeting schedule with most meetings being held on the third Thursday of the month.
• Approved the Initial BG-1 for the MCHS Technical Center renovation project BG#21-099.
• Approved the owner/architect agreement for the Technical Center project.
• Approved Pay Application #6 to Pinnacle Construction in the amount of $3963 for the Security Vestibules Projects BG#s 19-302 through 19-306 at the high school.
• Approved payment of invoices associated with the direct purchase order number #3866 in the amount of $38,562 for the Security Vestibules Project.
• Approved invoice #7 to CMS Architects in the amount of $850 for the Security Vestibules Project BG#s 13-302 through 19-306.
• And, approved a recommendation for Lovett to proceed with the purchase of proportion Hwy. 641.