First meeting of 2020-2021 school year for MSD board of directors

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Meeker High School students returned to classes in the newly completed part of the building Monday, Aug. 24. —SOPHIA GOEDERT PHOTO

MEEKER | The Meeker School Board had its first meeting of the school year Monday. Many topics were on the agenda regarding COVID-19 related items.

One of the main topics discussed was the new tobacco tax that will be on the ballot in November. This tax will hopefully bring more funding to rural area schools with the rise of tax. The board intends to vote on whether they want to put Meeker’s name behind the tax next month. 

A couple of weeks ago the District put out an announcement that they would be offering the option for students to attend online school if they did not feel safe coming back to school due to COVID concerns. Around 40 kids have switched to online learning for various reasons. The most common reasons were health concerns in the family, not being able to fully social distance within the schools, parents not wanting to make their children wear masks all day, as well as the possibility of inconsistent learning if the schools have to move online. The district did have a couple students come back to in-person learning after their first day at home. 

There’s a chance the school will lose funding for students that chose to go online. The full effect won’t be seen right away but, “It’s expected that we could see a $10,000 drop,” Superintendent Chris Selle said.

This year’s first day looked a little different than past years for the schools Monday. With more parents dropping off this year due to limited bus routes, it got a little congested at the schools. But overall all the principals had good news to share about the first day. The new and improved high school was a big hit among students and in September the community should hopefully be able to get a tour. While there are some adjustments to be made, all things considered, the first day went very well.

In other business, two long-time bus drivers retired this year. Vaughn Moody, who drove for 23 years and Brian Conrado who drove for 13 years, have ended their time with the district. Also the 2020 seniors created a video of a mock drunk driving accident. It is currently in the works and will be sent out to the district.

By SOPHIA GOEDERT | Special to the Herald Times