Masks remain through Oct. 22 at Columbiana Middle School

COLUMBIANA — A masking mandate is in effect at the middle school until October 22.

“Hopefully we are on a downward trail with that,” Superintendent Donald Mook commented.

Board members agreed mitigating the spread of Covid is dependent on families keeping symptomatic students home.

Between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. October 19 district staff members are welcome to participate in a vaccine clinic. Those who have received a vaccine six months prior or are 90 days post Covid-19 can have the vaccine administered.

Mook reported contact tracing service PCG has not reported Covid cases and communication with the health department about positive cases has decreased. Most cases are being reported by parents and a majority of positive cases are from family spread.

Board members along with Mook agree the diligence and alertness from families within the district has paid off.

In other news, sixth-graders shared their interests, careers and dreams with the board of education during Tuesday’s meeting.

Students have been learning life skills such as filling out job applications, writing checks, budgeting money and community service through the Career, Life Skills and Exploration Class.

In other matters, due to Covid-19 mandates the senior trip to New York has been reinvented. Instead, seniors will take a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

“Disney is the safest,” Mook commented.

Board Member Angie Jefferies verified personnel and security would be provided.

“We are proceeding with this anticipating we are going to get support from the school board,” High School Principal David Buzzard said.

Regarding student matters, Elementary School Principal Kimberly Sharshan along with Middle School Principal Jason Martin thanked the school board for approving a tutor.

Martin explained the tutor has helped fill in pandemic related learning gaps and provided intervention for many students.

“She’s helping reduce the number of voids we have,” Martin said.

In other business, board members are informing residents regarding concerns about recent CRA agreements.

President Michael Clark along with Board Member Kelly Williamson clarified CRA agreements only apply to business entities and do not apply to residents.


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