Board Of Ed: COVID Easing, Schools Move Forward

There was no significant increase in COVID cases after the April break. Elementary and middle school student assessment performances were not significantly impacted by the coronavirus. Federal grants due to the pandemic may help the Westport Public Schools show a surplus at the end of the year.

Those were 3 takeaways from last night’s Board of Education meeting, Brian Fullenbaum reports.

There are only 6 current COVID cases in the school district, supervisor of health services Suzanne Levasseur said, with just 17 students in quarantine. Most are at Staples High School.

265 students age 16 and older attended the first vaccine clinic. The 2nd is May 16.

Multiple classes will now be allowed at elementary and middle school recess. Classroom desks can again face each other, allowing for more classroom collaboration.

Assistant superintendent Dr. Anthony Buono reported on the MAP assessment results, given to all K-8 students. Some performances were consistent or better than last year.

In addition to Elio Longo’s 3rd quarter financial report, showing a probable balance at the end of the school year after COVID-related offsets, there was discussion of proposed capital maintenance projects. The cost over 10 years will be around $100 million. Scarice proposed securing outside professional expertise to provide oversight; the board agreed.

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