Assistant Superintendent of Operations Lori Ames gave a very brief update on the 2020-21 budget at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, May 18.
Board president Annette Ashley presided over the meeting at the District Services Center, while other Board members participated remotely. The School Board has held four virtual meetings since mid-March.
Ames noted there isn't much new to report and that "lots of balls are in the air and there is very little new information.'' Ames said districts are in a holding pattern until the state provides more information.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Dana Monogue gave a very brief update on the District's COVID-19 planning.
She noted the planning team still meets twice a week. She reported in her meetings with other superintendents and state educational leaders that districts are being encouraged to make three plans for instruction for the fall: full in-person, full virtual and a blended model.
Monogue said the District still plans for an in-person graduation ceremony at Breitenbach Stadium on July 25 but is also working on a virtual ceremony in case it is needed. The District will make a decision no later than July 11. "We know lots of families want an in-person event but we also want to keep everyone safe,'' she said.
In other news from Monday's meeting:
* The Board approved their 2020-21 facility use schedule for schools and the Performing Arts Center. Ames noted administration and staff worked to create a more simplified schedules and great efficiency in the rental process while also remaining competitive with other district rental fees. She said this should save staff quite a bit of time. The changes were reviewed with the Finance Committee at their meeting on May 11.
* The Board approved the 2020-21 Indoor Pool rental fees. The fees were reviewed with the Finance Committee at their meeting on May 11.
* The Board approved the 2020-21 student fees. There is no fee for the middle school Upham Woods trip because it has been canceled. The fees, including proposed changes, were reviewed with the Finance Committee at their meeting on May 11. Ames also noted any fee in yellow can be waived for students on free or reduced lunch.
* The Board approved the 2020-21 school nutrition services fees for breakfast and lunch. The fees will remain the same as they were for the 2019-20 school year.
* The Board approved a donation of $18,536 from the Glacier Creek PTO. Policy requires the Board to approve all donations of more than $10,000.