The Montrose Area School Board approved a final expense budget of $27,448,929 for the 2020-21 school year at their virtual meeting held Monday, May 11. School directors quickly tackled the workshop and business meeting agendas, with reports from district administrators submitted electronically.
The board approved the revised informal continuity of education plan which is available on the district website.
Superintendent Chris McComb explained the revised plan notes the change from the enrichment plan to the Dept. of Education mandate to offer new instruction and will continue until June 12. “We will continue to make modification as we receive guidance from the Dept. of Education,” McComb said.
The board also approved a graduation resolution for the Class of 2020 which waives the district’s approved graduation requirements. McComb said it would specifically waive the senior project requirement, as well as others, that students are not able to fulfill due to the current situation.
The board also approved a revised school calendar. Days beginning Tuesday, March 24, will be counted as teacher workdays, along with April 9 and 13, as additional teacher workdays. Those days had been previously scheduled as non-workdays. The last scheduled teacher workday will be June 16.
The student school year will end on June 12, and the board set a tentative graduation date of Saturday, June 13.
High School Principal Eric Powers said “all options” are still on the table for graduation. He said that he and Assistant Principal Sean Castellani would be reaching out the senior class officers to talk about possible graduation options.
District Transportation Director Wanda Harris will continue to work past the Aug. 4 retirement date approved by the board in April. Harris’ retirement date will be determined at a future meeting.
The board accepted, with regret, the resignation of Choconut Valley Title 1 aide, Rosanne Williams. McComb and CV Principal Greg Adams offered their thanks to Williams for her years of service at the school.
The board also approved a contract with The Nutrition Group to take over food service management in the district.
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