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Energy Express Meal Deliveries to Begin on June 8 in Tyler County

By Staff | May 27, 2020

The Tyler County Board of Education met on Monday, May 18, with all members present for the meeting. The meeting began with the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting.

Under delegations, Dave Roberts gave an update regarding the Middlebourne Library.

He reported the Library is planning to put story hour on Facebook. However, they need permission from publishers to do so. They are planning to have these virtual story hours in June. Individuals are now allowed to enter the library.

However, face masks and social distancing are necessary.

Superintendent Shane Highley gave an update on the Summer Feeding Program. He reported Tuesday, May 26 will be the last day for the five day food packet deliveries. June 8, he reported, will be the start of the Summer Feeding Program. According to Highley, Energy Express students and their siblings will receive hot meal deliveries daily beginning June 8. “We had tons of volunteers,” said Highley, regarding food delivery. “Participation has been great; it’s been pretty constant. About 600 boxes of food.”

Highley also reported the State Superintendent has assembled a task force to determine the appropriate manner to reopen schools in the Fall.

He reported the State Superintendent intends to present the plans to the State Board of Education. Highley states Tyler County will also assemble a task force to help make the return successful. “It’s going to be different. Until there’s a vaccine for this virus, it’s not going to be the same,” Highley said.

Highley also reported on the Awards Day video that was posted to the website. “It’s absolutely wonderful…There were millions, maybe a couple million dollars worth of scholarships that was on that video given out to Tyler County seniors. That’s beyond impressive. Our counseling staff at Tyler Consolidated High School is the best…It’s all because they put kids first and they care about kids…and they go above and beyond,” commented Highley.

Moving forward, Highley spoke about Energy Express, saying it is going to be more “hands off.” Highley reported students will be receiving boxes each week with books and activities they can do by themselves. According to Highley, the college mentors will be reaching out to the students each week to see if help is needed.

Highley thanked Mrs. Kimble for organizing the food program and food deliveries during the pandemic.

Superintendent Highley also gave an update on the Bus Garage and Stadium projects. According to Highley, the contractor reports the stadium project is on schedule. “It’s coming along. It’s going to be beautiful,” Highley said.

The Board also approved many other requests. They approved the resignation of Slade Buchannon as head middle school basketball coach. Also approved at this meeting were the resignations of Robert Jones and Anita Prunty as substitute teachers.

Following this, the board approved the paying of the bills.

The meeting then went into an executive session to discuss personnel. Upon returning from executive session, the meeting was adjourned.