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On the record: Maplewood

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Nov. 18

PRESENT: Dan Schwartz, Tami Morrison, Kevin Blair and Tom Donaldson

ABSENT: Dan Denman

The board:

• Heard from Superintendent Perry Nicholas that the district went 14 weeks since the start of the school year without any COVID-19 positive cases until the past few weeks when three students and two staff members were COVID-19 positive. He said through tracing by the Trumbull County Combined Health District, the cases were found to have originated in the community and not in the schools. Nicholas said whenever there is a positive case, text messages are sent to the families and also information provided on the district website;

• Accepted the retirement resignation of Sherry Peters, cafeteria cook, effective Oct. 1 and resignation of teacher Kimberly Bensing, effective Dec. 31;

• Heard from Donaldson the state has approved extending the free breakfast and lunch for children through the end of the 2020-21 school year;

• Heard from Treasurer Merry Smith the district will receive a $127,000 from Ohio Public Works Commission, which will be included in the five-year forecast;

• Recognized the high school boys and girls cross country teams for succesful seasons and accomplishments.

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