Masks likely to be optional at Lanesville schools
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees are hopeful that masks will be optional in its schools for the upcoming academic year.
Superintendent Steve Morris explained to the board at its meeting June 15 that if Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb does not create a new executive order pertaining to school mandates for the 2021-22 year, that the decisions on how to proceed with school will be left up to each school district’s board.
“If the governor doesn’t add any orders, I propose we make masks optional for our schools,” Morris said. “This obviously won’t be finalized until July, but I would like to put that out as my recommendation to the board.”
Board members unanimously agreed this would be the direction they would all support when the time arrived.
Margaret (Marg) Meyers, vice president of the board, said that allowing masks to become optional would allow each family to move forward after the pandemic at a level that is comfortable for them while also not forcing anyone to do something they aren’t required to do elsewhere.
Morris was pleased to tell the board that, despite the past tough academic year, the graduation rate for Lanesville’s 2021 senior class was at 98%. He also said he was pleased to be able to host graduation inside the gym this year.
“It was such a nice event, and it felt normal again for once, which was so nice to see,” Morris said.
He also explained that testing scores for the district were down, but that was something the entire state was seeing in results. He said as more information is made available, administrators and staff will begin drafting plans for how to battle any of the significant learning loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board also unanimously approved the upcoming contracts for numerous administrative and leadership positions. Those approved were for Jeff Smitley as principal of Lanesville Elementary School; Dr. Ryan Apple, principal of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School; Steve Morris, superintendent until the end of the first semester; and Zach Payne, athletic director.
In other business, the board accepted the resignations of McKenna Cannon as an instructional assistant and Meagan Love as a substitute coordinator.
The board also approved a boys’ basketball camp that will take place at Indiana Wesleyan University June 25 to 27.
The board’s next regular scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Carl Uesseler Corporation Office at the school.