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School board meets online Monday

Monday night’s meeting of the Warren County School District school board will be held virtually.

Those who would like to attend may do so by phone or computer.

“Due to Governor Wolf’s mandated school closing and to best ensure the health, welfare, and safety of board members, district employees, and the public, the Warren County School District Board of School Directors will hold its Regular Board meeting on Monday, April 13, at 6 p.m. conducted via teleconference,” according to a release on the district’s website.

“The public may join the meeting via computer at https://wcsdpa.zoom.us/j/353249530, or via phone by dialing 1-253-215-8782,” according to the release. “If prompted to enter an ID number, use 353 249 530 and follow the instructions.”

The meeting agenda is posted on the BoardDocs portion of the district website, on the website by clicking ‘our district,’ ‘school board,’ and ‘board meeting information,’ and on the district Facebook page.

Hard copies are available at the central office and will be posted at the district’s high school lobbies.

Agenda

The items on the agenda include some specific to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

A vote on the calendar, including graduation, is set. The recommendation from the Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Committee is to “affirm the 2019-2020 school calendar official last day of school and commencement will remain June 5, 2020.”

The recommended graduation ceremony is virtual “or as dictated by mandated social distancing policies at such time.”

Summer programming is also on the agenda. “That the board of school directors authorizes the administration to develop voluntary summer programming for students who desire additional educational opportunities because of the COVID-19 crisis, at no charge, provided there are no contrary directives from state or federal agencies.”

The board will also vote on giving the superintendent money and flexibility to deal with changes that are due to COVID-19.

A budget transfer of $50,000 to help fund curriculum writing is on the agenda as is the creation of a $25,000 discretionary fund for short-term expenditures and short-term hirings.

The board is also proposing giving the superintendent the power to suspend “any policy or policy provision… to effectively carry our the work of the district during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Comment policy

The board has suspended its usual comment policy.

Those who wish to comment during the meeting must contact the board secretary by text or email by noon Monday. Email is to be sent to wcsdpubliccomment@wcsdpa.org. Texts may be sent to (814) 730-0900. Contact should include the person’s name, email address (if logging in by computer) or phone number (if calling in), and whether the comment is related to an agenda item or something that is not on the agenda.

“Please include only this information, and not your comments, in your communication to the board secretary,” according to the release. “During the comment period, only those who have contacted the board secretary and provided the necessary information will be called upon and unmuted to participate in public comment, and priority will be given to those who wish to comment on agenda items.”

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