Adair County is second in the state in COVID cases at this time, and masks are being worn by 90% of the staff and 10% of the students, Superintendent Terry Heustis reported at the August Westville School Board meeting, which occurred four days into the 2021-2022 school year so teachers and administration were just getting into a routine.
The board voted unanimously to approve COVID leave for employees for the 2021-2022 school year. As for a one time $300 stipend for employees who have been vaccinated, board members Nathan Smith, Josh Barton, and James Hinkle voted yes with Clay Slaton and Paula Vaughan voted no. It was approved.
Things are looking brighter in Westville with new football field lighting and the old lights being installed at the baseball and softball fields,
High School Principal Shelly Cooper reported the grant that enabled hiring an additional counselor is working well and the counselor is being utilized in several areas. The new Dean of Students position is working out well. The English teachers have started a new club for students that seems to be popular, and Coach James Vogel is back and “larger than life.”
Junior High Principal Kevin Yeager reported that the number of virtual students is down and he believes that is a good thing. Technology is working as planned, and ICAP is helping with future student placement.
Lower Elementary Principal Kellie Edwards reported that, “things are going good” and that teachers are better prepared for this year compared to last. Again, the new counselor is working out great.
Ryan Swank, assistant superintendent and over IT, reported that Verizon hotspots have arrived and will be distributed to families who need them and Chrome books have been handed out to all students.
Superintendent Terry Heustis reported that student count is at 965 which is the lowest since he has been superintendent. Work on the existing buildings is complete but they’re still working on awnings. When that is complete Tom Walkingstick will complete the painting. Heists gave an update on the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Plan. Construction has to replace, renovate or remodel. Updates will be presented as they become available. They are still waiting on two leased buses to arrive and cameras to be installed on tall the buses.
After executive session, the board also voted unanimously to:
Approve a memorandum of understanding between Westville Public School and Carla Worley, LPC, for the 2021-22 school year. Approve the activity fundraising list for the 2021-22 school year.
Approve a service agreement with Bolt Fiber Optic Service for the 2021-22 school year.
Approve Bailey Beach as a part time computer tech for the 2021-22 school year.
Approve Nurse Tiffany Wallace to dispense medications for the 2021-22 school year.
No action was taken to approve the updated Safe Return to Learn Plan for the 2021-22 school year.