Pottsgrove Asks for Board Approval on Hybrid Plans

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Pottsgrove school board members are scheduled to make decisions Tuesday (tonight, Nov. 10, 2020) on potentially re-opening district school buildings under a hybrid model, in which families can choose to send their children to schools on specific days and work remotely from their homes on others, or complete all schooling online in an attempt to ensure pandemic safety.

School directors, according to their agenda, will be asked to:

  • Proceed with the hybrid model its administrators introduced during August;
  • Approve related revisions to the district “Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan;
  • Agree to a proposed contract with CMD Transportation Services Inc. to provide busing for those who will attend at the buildings;
  • Rescind the board’s approval of an Aug. 11 resolution that eliminated student transportation while students were being taught online only; and
  • Make a supplemental appointment under a pandemic-related “extra duty services contract” for a stage band director at Pottsgrove Middle School.

District Superintendent Dr. William Shirk earlier said he anticipated schools would re-open in the hybrid model on Nov. 30 (Monday).

Also Tuesday, school directors are scheduled to approve administrative salaries under the district’s Act 93 administrative compensation plan.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., and is publicly available for free on the Zoom conferencing platform. Links to the agenda, and registration for the Zoom meeting, were available Tuesday as of 6:45 a.m. on the district website.

Separately, the school board Operations and Facilities Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., also on Zoom. Public links for it are available at the website as well. Its scheduled discussions will focus on the district 2021-2022 budget, potential taxing decisions and property tax relief, and the pandemic’s impact on the state budget and its subsequent funding for local schools.

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