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Board of Education Meeting Recap - September 23, 2020
The following is a brief recap of the September 23, 2020 Special Called Meeting:
 
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss, and to consider and/or take any necessary action regarding the Governor’s recent announcement to allow K-5 students to attend school in Plan A as early as October 5.
 
Discussion began with information provided by leadership in the following Plan A Opening Considerations and Questions document. Early into the meeting, Chair West noted that there was still much that had to be covered by leadership and then asked if the Board would be willing to consider agreeing that if it does approve a Plan A transition (either during the meeting or some point in the future), that it not occur until the end of the first grading period.  
 
Vice-Chair Strickland motioned to approve a Plan A transition for Grades K-5 at the end of the first grading period, which was seconded by Faulk. After some discussion, and a re-clarification by Chair West of his original request, Vice-Chair Strickland amended her motion to clarify that if the Board decides to approve a Plan A transition, it would occur no sooner than the end of the first grading period. The motion passed 5-2 [Voting in Favor: Democko, Faulk, Leatham, Vice-Chair Strickland & Chair West / Voting against: Burden & Henderson].
 
There was much discussion with district leadership about Plan A and Plan A Opening Considerations and Questions. At one point, Henderson expressed that he was concerned about the lack of social distancing in schools in Plan A and motioned to require social distancing in all schools regardless of the plan they are operating in. Due to a lack of a second, the motion failed. Strickland also motioned to keep the current Plan B schedule  - four days face-to-face with shortened student days and a remote day on Wednesday -  if the Board does approve a Plan A transition. Faulk seconded.The motion passed 6-1 [Voting in Favor: Burden, Democko, Faulk, Leatham, Vice-Chair Strickland & Chair West / Voting against: Henderson].
 
Despite beliefs expressed by Vice-Chair Strickland that there was enough planning time to address leadership concerns and that a transition should occur after the first grading period, there was debate and/or disagreement amongst other members of the Board. Some Board members expressed an interest in delaying a possible Plan A transition until the end of the first semester. Reasons included needing more time to: survey parents; determine if there can be consistency between fifth grade students split between elementary and middle schools; prepare to change and implement new protocols in schools and on buses associated with the lack of social distancing in Plan A; and solve potential Plan A transportation scheduling/cost concerns. 

Henderson motioned that if the Board does decide to approve a Plan A transition (at some point in the future), it would occur no sooner than the end of the first semester. The motion was seconded by Burden and passed 4-3 [Voting in Favor: Burden, Democko Henderson, & Chair West / Voting against: Faulk, Leatham & Vice-Chair Strickland].
 
No further motions were made specific to Plan A. Following some discussion about a parent survey which the district will need to conduct as part of the district's planning efforts, the meeting was adjourned.
 
The full meeting can be watched by clicking on Video Link. This meeting and past meeting videos can be viewed by clicking on the following Board Meeting Videos Link. The full September 23, 2020 Meeting agenda and associated materials presented to the Board can be viewed by clicking on Meeting Link