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Lanesville approves pay for non-certs during shut-down

Lanesville approves pay for non-certs during shut-down Lanesville approves pay for non-certs during shut-down
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

During the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees’ regular meeting last Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously to approve pay for non-certified employees if the school determines that an extended shut-down period should occur. On Thursday, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana schools would not return until at least May 1, extending it from the original date of March 30.

“Making sure our non-cert employees are still getting paid is something I feel is very important for us to do,” Superintendent Steve Morris said. “I want to make sure the people we employ know we are backing them during this time as long as we can.”

Yesterday (Tuesday), Morris said, beginning March 31, eLearning will take place three days weekly — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — for students. Mondays and Fridays will be non-school days. This plan will be followed until May 1, or through the end of the school year if necessary, he said.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students in grades 7 to 12 will utilize a block schedule with four classes each day. Teachers will deliver live instruction during this time. These days will follow the normal daily schedule, Morris said.

Thursdays will be used as a check-in day with teachers, who will have structured office hours and availability to meet with students online.

Morris said students from kindergarten to sixth grade will have eLearning for those three days as well, following a different format.

Also, the school’s kitchen staff plans to make food available for students each Monday and Thursday, with distribution available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. It will be a grab-and-go style of pickup available at the school. A survey will be sent to all families, including St. John’s Lutheran School south of Lanesville, to gauge how many meals need to be prepared.

Morris seemed optimistic that the Lanesville community will be able to navigate these new waters together.

“Obviously, (eLearning) is new territory and many adjustments will need to be made along the way,” he said. “Our goal is to provide the best and most normal instruction we can during this challenging time.”

Also at its meeting last week, the school board voted to move funds of $173,000 from the Education Fund to the Operations Fund. According to Morris, this is a transfer that happens four times a year solely to keep funds in balance.

It was reported that the kindergarten meet and greet went well, with 56 families in attendance.

The board also approved all spring sport coaches for the season, given the students return to school.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m.