Board Of Ed: Facilities, Funding And COVID Facts

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice hopes to set up a $100 million, 10-year plan to maintain Westport Public Schools’ facilities. And the Board of Education wants to develop a mater plan that includes that maintenance project.

Those were among the main discussion points at last night’s Board of Education meeting. Brian Fullenbaum reports that the board will begin discussions with town bodies on collaborationo and resource-sharing to implement the facilities proposal.

The meeting began with a statement by Scarice on the recent shootings in Atlanta. He noted that Westport is already engaging in a district-wide equity study.

Scarice said that since September, 2,800 students and adults have quarantined because of COVID. Only 6 positive cases arose from that group. Overall, 232 students have reported positive cases.

Supervisor of health services Suzanne Levasseur reported that of 23 positive cases this year, most were at the high school level. Many come from small social gatherings.

So far, over 500 staff members have been vaccinated, at the district’s clinics. The 2nd dose will be given in 2 weeks. The district may create another clinic for students 16 and older, when that cohort is eligible for the vaccine starting April 5.

District officials are discussing how best to identify “close contacts,” in view of the CDC’s new guidelines reducing the 6-foot distance to 3 feet.

As Staples High School gets set to fully reopen this Thursday (March 25), the percentage of full-time distance learners in the district remains steady, at about 20%.

Assistant superintendent John Bayers announced that because of 2 snow days, as of right now the last day for students is Monday, June 21.

The board accepted 2 gifts: $10,000 from the Staples Music Parents Association (to purchase recording technology equipment), and $2,308 from the Saugatuck Elementary School PTA (to purchase books for the “One Book One School” program).

Karen Kleine provided an update on 2nd readings of 3 policies: AEDs, security and safety, and social media.

2 responses to “Board Of Ed: Facilities, Funding And COVID Facts

  1. Clark Thiemann

    Is the last day of school Monday the 21st or Tuesday the 22nd?

    • Right now – barring any snow days before April 1 — the last day for students is Monday, June 21; for teachers, Tuesday, June 22. Sorry for the typo — it’s been fixed.