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Wellington school board prepares for the weirdest school year ever

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board met Monday for a social distancing special meeting preparing for what will probably be the most strange school year ever.

As mentioned before, the board voted 6-0 to implement a reopening plan. But the group will hold a work session on August 10 to fine-tune the plan that provides in-person and 100 percent virtual options. See the summary of the plan here.

Also, the board approved moving the start date of school to Sept. 8 taking the recommendation of the local health officials. Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield said health officials advised him that the delayed start would allow enough time for some of the current local incubation periods to pass.

“This means that starting after Labor Day provides less of a chance that the start of school would be directly connected to a trend upwards in Wellington cases,” Hatfield said.

In other school board news… 

•Upon the recommendation of Curriculum Director Dr. Jennifer Kern, a WHS social studies program will be expanded to include electives: civics, economics, current events, sociology, and government. All of these electives have an online component as well as workbooks and will be up for renewal every seven years.

•Discussed and then approved the publication of the 2020-21 budget. The official budget will be voted on in August.

•The following hirings were made:

  • Ryan Jenkins, head baseball coach;
  • C.J. Carey – assistant WHS football coach;
  • Brittany Valentine – WMS art teacher;
  • Stephanie Hopper, WHS assistant volleyball coach;
  • Kurt Sherry, WHS head debate coach.

The board went into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss personnel matters for non-elected personnel.

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