ROARING SPRING – No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past three weeks in the Spring Cove School District, according to Superintendent Betsy Baker.
“I can’t remember the last time it happened” she said at Monday night’s school board meeting. Blair County’s community transmission rate of COVID-19 went from high to substantial last week as cases in the county continue to decline.
Also during the meeting, Baker announced that representatives from the Blair County Board of Elections visited schools in the district and decided to move forward with plans to use Spring Cove Elementary and Martinsburg Elementary for elections. – starting with the general elections in November. The election committee will set up four precincts in total — two in Spring Cove and Martinsburg elementary schools, Baker said.
“For the safety of our students, the school will not be in session on election days,” she said, adding that the district is required by law to allow the election committee to hold polls on its premises.
Baker also reviewed a copy of the cafeteria audit completed March 4, noting there were no compliance issues, meals and portion sizes met National School Lunch Program requirements. and that all meals were served in a timely manner.
However, the report included some recommendations, such as offering water to students in water coolers instead of the lunch queue, allowing students to serve their utensils self-service, and implementing the program Spice It Up seasoning at the secondary level to meet the needs of students. want more flavor.
“Based on student feedback during the audit, we are also working to serve other student favorites more frequently, including Salisbury Steak, Mac and Cheese and BBQ Chicken,” said Baker.
Auditors recommended that the district consider raising its pay rate for restaurant workers next year, she said.
“Wages in the restaurant industry have increased over the past two years,” said Baker. “We will need to address this issue in our next food services agreement in order to offer competitive wages, retain staff and be more successful in recruiting staff.
According to Baker, listeners said that “The teams in all four buildings were very accommodating, knowledgeable, dynamic and very hard working.”
Also in his report, Baker said that due to teacher shortages, Bill 91 would allow schools to issue emergency permits for class monitors. These monitors must be at least 25 years old, have obtained at least 60 college credits and have taken a class management course offered by the intermediate unit.
“Instructors are allowed to serve as substitutes who follow lesson plans provided by the teacher, but they are not allowed to schedule lessons,” said Baker. “So they wouldn’t be used as a long-term substitute, but to maintain normal activities.”
In addition, the board presented a Certificate of Recognition to Cayden Wright and Parker Gregg for their US patented invention Air Alert. Wright accepted the certificate on his own behalf and on behalf of Gregg, who was at the meeting.
“I appreciate this is quite an accomplishment for you guys and again it’s not an easy process,” said school board chairman James Butler. “You’ve learned that along the way, and it’s been a great experience.”
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