More than 400 BV students register for virtual classes

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

Four hundred and thirty students — about 23 percent of the Berryville School District’s student population — have registered for virtual-only learning, school improvement specialist Christy Graham told the Berryville School Board on Monday, Aug. 17.

Students will have two weeks to decide if they would like to switch between virtual and blended learning.

Facilities and maintenance director Paul Hines said every student will be provided with a fabric mask, and there will be extra disposable masks on the buses and at the schools in case students forget to bring theirs to school.

Hines said the school district just received some Clorox Total 360 sanitizers, which will be placed at each campus and the sports complex. Each sanitizer holds two gallons of disinfectant and shoots it out as a mist.

The board also approved the creation a 13th custodial position to clean the new administration building, the old high school.

“The state recommendation on square footage per custodian is 25,000 square feet,” Hines said. “Our custodians average 33,000 square feet.”

Also at the Aug. 17 meeting, the board approved an agreement with Arkansas Shades, Blinds & Shutters to install shades at the new high school for about $14,995.

Hines said the company will complete the job on a weekend so it won’t disrupt school hours.

In other business, the board approved the transfers of seven students into the district and seven students out as well as 10 fundraisers.

The board also approved a rule requiring district employees to disclose whether they have any relatives who also work in the district.

In personnel moves, the board approved the hirings of April Stiglbauer as a fifth grade teacher, Jill Schowe as a middle school literacy teacher and Alleshia Byrd as a middle school counselor, the transfer of the parent involvement facilitator position from Jannea Chaney to Kandra Ness, the hirings of Vicki Patty as a substitute custodian, Zane Carroll as a custodian, David Horn as maintenance, Christy Skelton and Gared Jennings as bus route drivers, David Wigger and Richard Mark Pepple as bus route sub drivers, and the resignations of Krissy Kahler as a K-2 custodian, Imelda Taylor as an ESL paraprofessional and Mitchell Scitern as a maintenance worker.

The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21.

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