Wayne Co. School Board Discusses Preliminary Information on COVID-19

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   The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. Board members present included Chairman Andy Yarbrough, Dwight Bumphus, Greg Eaton, Barry Hanback, and Charity Horton. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present at the meeting as well. Board members Pat Brown and Sherman Martin were absent. 

   Chairman Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and invited those in attendance to participate in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

   The first items on the agenda included adoption of the consent items, minutes of the February meeting, and the February ledger of accounts. Dwight Bumphus made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Barry Hanback, and was passed unanimously.

   The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 4 Instructional Program – 4.600-4.805. Superintendent Davis had no recommended changes to the policy.

   Next under new business was the Early Literacy Foundation Program. Superintendent Davis presented information about the program, including a list of books that students will receive while in the program. He said that there is no financial commitment from the district.

   Next on the agenda was health information. Superintendent Davis presented a letter was recently sent to employees and parents containing COVID-19 information. The superintendent went on to tell the board that he was developing a plan to outline future response to the virus.

   Overnight trips were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented a list of previously approved and new trips for the board’s approval, and requested that all trips scheduled after March 21 be put on hold due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus. After a brief discussion, Greg Eaton made a motion to approve all trips with discretion given to Superintendent Davis to cancel if circumstances arise. Charity Horton seconded the motion, and it was unanimously passed.

   Legislative information was next, with Superintendent Davis providing information about various pieces of state legislation currently proposed in relation to education.

   Next was the CHS Baseball Field Proposal. Superintendent Davis read a letter from Brian Crews, principal of Collinwood High School, requesting the re-naming of the CHS/CMS baseball field to Coach Adam Andrews Memorial Field. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the request, and the motion was seconded by Barry Hanback. The motion passed unanimously, and will require a second reading.

   Budget amendments were next on the agenda. A list of line-item budget amendments was presented to the board for their approval. Barry Hanback made a motion to approve the amendments, and Dwight Bumphus seconded the motion. The budget amendments were unanimously approved on roll call vote.

   Mowing bids were next. Superintendent Davis presented the bids received, recommending the following low bids: Mike Hobbs Mowing – Waynesboro Schools and Central Office, $330; Kevin Jackson – Collinwood Schools, $360; Carol Hickerson – Frank Hughes School, $300. Barry Hanback made a motion to approve the recommended low bids. Charity Horton seconded the motion, and the bids were accepted unanimously on roll call vote.

   A parent in the audience then asked to address the board regarding her child’s DHA hearing that was on the agenda for the February meeting. She said that she had confused the date of the meeting and asked for another hearing. Chairman Yarbrough explained the process for a hearing, and told her that the board had already acted on her appeal.

   With no further business to come before the board, Barry Hanback made a motion to adjourn. Greg Eaton seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.

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