Mt. Vernon Board of Education live-streams April meeting to maintain social distancing expectations

Tressie Casey

Graduation, prom, baccalaureate and other end of year plans updated
With the help of Zoom and Facebook live, the Mt. Vernon Board of Education was able hold their regular monthly meeting as scheduled.
During the meeting, Superintendent Scott Cook gave the board some important updates on the school’s efforts to provide youth with as many traditional and educational experiences as possible during the school closure. The school is still continuing to educate the students to the best of their ability throughout the remainder of what would have been the school year.
Due to a large amount of the students not having access to reliable Internet services at their homes, it is preventing the school from assigning required work. The school is instead focusing on providing students with optional enrichment work. For grades K- 8th, the school is looking into the possibility of purchasing work books that can be mailed to the students. The high school teachers are still communicating with students to provide enrichment work as much as possible. During this time any work that is turned in will only help students’ grades, and not hurt them.
 There were also some important updates regarding graduation and summer school.
- Senior scholarship night will be held May 4, 2020 through Facebook live.
- Prom is rescheduled for June 5. If that is not possible due to social distancing restrictions, prom will be canceled.
- Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. June 10 at the high school. If not able to attend in person it will be broadcast live.
- Graduation will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020.
- At this point, eighth grade graduation is not canceled. Plans and details are still being worked out.
- Summer school is still planned. It is unclear on when summer school will be held. It could be held in late June or early July.
Cook was also able to update the board on the student meals that the school has been able to provide. Thus far, the school has supplied 19,000 meals to students since the closing of the schools in March. This service will continue to be offered until the end of June.
The board also approved additional pay for the custodial staff. After the school was closed in March, all school employees with the exception of custodial staff were asked to work from home. As a way to show appreciation, the board approved an additional daily stipend of $17 to be added to the custodial staffs regular pay.
The next Mt. Vernon Board of Education meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. May 21, 2020 in the middle school board room.


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Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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