Despite COVID-19, construction crews are continuing to make good progress on the new high school and career academy, located at U.S. Highway 30 and North Grimmell Road. At last check, classrooms and work areas in the career academy were being painted. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

District extends pay through original school year

By RICK MORAIN

For The Jefferson Herald

The Greene County Community School District board at a special meeting April 29 adopted a more extensive policy for pandemic response and emergency suspension of requirements than the previous pay resolutions adopted earlier.

The new resolution continues to pay employees through the original school year and waives state graduation requirements of government, financial literacy and CPR, and the local grad requirement of speech.

Voluntary education opportunities will be continued and a Return to Learn plan will be filed with the state by July 1.

The board approved 2020-21 employment contracts for teaching staff, coaching and extra duty-extra days, teacher leadership, classified staff, bus drivers and administrators.

On recommendation of Activities Director Todd Gordon, the board approved a coaching matrix for the district. The matrix examines the number of coaches needed for each sport, increasing those numbers when student participation increases.

Under the new matrix, basketball coaching contracts were changed, on recommendation of Gordon.

Contracts not renewed were ninth grade girls’ basketball Adrianna Vargas and assistant varsity boys’ basketball Mark Renslow. Trey Tucker’s contract was changed from ninth grade to assistant varsity boys’ basketball.

After soliciting requests for proposals for district auditing services, business manager Brenda Muir recommended Nolte, Cornman & Johnson, P.A., for the three coming fiscal years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23. The board approved the recommendation.

Superintendent Tim Christensen commended the staff for its hard work during the continued closure. Teachers were packing up their rooms and custodians continued to clean. The custodians have moved equipment and other items to allow renovation to begin at the present high school. Bus inspection was completed.

The grab and go lunch program is being modified, with meals going out on Mondays and Thursdays, while five days of lunch and breakfast to children are still being provided.

A brief discussion was held on prom and graduation, with more information to be released soon.

The meeting was held electronically because of COVID-19. The board meets regularly the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

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