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On the record

McDonald

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Oct. 14

PRESENT: Joseph Cappuzzello, Jody Klase, Thomas Hannon, Donna Shields and John Saganich

The board:

• Heard from Klase that she and Cappuzzello have met with village council members to discuss a new facility-use agreement for the school to use village property, such as playing fields and park, for events. The village is asking the school district to contribute $13,500 for use of the properties. In August, village council voted 6-0 to terminate the current facility-use agreement, effective Dec. 31. Klase said the board is waiting for a revised agreement;

• Heard from Superintendent Kevin O’Connell who has received numerous calls asking if students will return fulltime to school, but with current coronavirus case numbers increasing not at the present time. He said the district is prepared for students if they return full time when conditions are safe or if the schools have to close again if the COVID-19 situation gets worse and go to all remote learning;

• Approved Marianne Knight as an elementary reading Title 1 tutor at $17 per hour not to exceed 28.75 hours per week;

• Heard from Treasurer Megan Titus of a request to the state auditor’s office of having an independent audit done by a firm other than the state as a cost savings;

• Heard from O’Connell that breakfasts and lunches are available for students in grades kindergarten to 12th through Dec. 31 provided by funds from the state. He also said Second Harvest Food Bank has provided food to families with the 300 cars at the most recent distribution, which was the sixth one this year.

— Bob Coupland

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