HCS board approves pandemic gadgets, buy buses | Schooling
Hardin County Schools Board of Education held a special session Wednesday after a regularly scheduled meeting last week was postponed to allow board members to attend the Kentucky School Board Association’s regional meeting.
As the boardroom was full of people celebrating student and staff accomplishments during the recognitions, the meeting began with comments from two people.
Brooke French, a member of the Hardin County Chapter of Moms for Liberty, said she was against the current HCS standard, which allows parents to be allowed or not to require masks in schools on a weekly basis, depending on current COVID-19 case rates .
French said she would like the guidelines to be changed to reflect “parental rights” and that masks should be left to parents. She also said that children who wear masks are not effective.
Hardin County Education Association President Regina Boone also spoke and presented the board with a check for $ 600 to contribute to Feeding America’s backpacking program for groceries for students.
She then also spoke about Billy Staples, a teacher at Lakewood Elementary School, who died of COVID-19 in mid-October.
Boone said HCEA members responded to a poll last week in which 66% of respondents said they were in favor of a return to the mask mandate.
“We ask you to protect us and the students and to keep schools open,” said Boone.
Thereafter, the board approved two different agenda items for approval in connection with COVID.
The school principal has been allowed, at his sole discretion, to temporarily assign students at school, class, class or student group level to distance learning if there are significant absences of students or staff in connection with the pandemic.
It also approved the Kentucky Department of Education’s $ 100 vaccine incentive for district employees who are fully vaccinated by December 1.
For other action:
• John Stith, chief operations officer, said Central Hardin High School renovation has begun. He said over the next few days the construction would create traffic problems that would lead to traffic jams in front of the school. He said this would last over a period of 30 days.
• The board also approved the purchase of 20 school buses and five special school buses for $ 2.5 million.
• During the Superintendent Report, Teresa Morgan said that after interviewing kindergarten children, iReady ratings found that 58% were not “Kindergarten Ready”. She said these students struggled most with limited vocabulary. She said she encourages parents and guardians to read to their children and have conversations with them often.