Jul. 22—UNION TWP. — When asked about the likelihood of social distancing or mask mandates in the upcoming school year, Northwest Area School District Superintendent said — as have most local superintendents in recent weeks — that health safety plans remain in flux.
Board President Leigh Bonczewski said the School Board will likely be holding a special meeting the first week or so of August to hire a teacher and that the topic of face masks will be discussed then. Long noted the current plan is to open schools with full in-person attendance five days a week, that so far the state Department of Education has left the decision up to each district, and that currently the district is not requiring masks.
During her report at the start of the meeting Special Education Director Mary Kratz said the district is hoping to take over a classroom space currently used for storage to create a therapy room for life skills students. She asked the board to consider purchasing an outside storage shed, but Long said the district is reviewing the storage situation and may be able to find existing space without the cost of a shed.
During the voting session the board approved a string of appointments for summer positions, agreed to advertise for an elementary school nurse for the upcoming year, and to advertise for an "anticipated" elementary special education teacher.
The board also approved the purchase of equipment for the Primary School water project from Orchard Pump and Supply Company at a cost of $11,176, and to pay McClure for the installation of the project at a cost of $10,577.
The Primary School obtains water from a well and the infrastructure in the well and the pumping system are being replaced.