Wayne County Board Recap

(Melodie Phelps) – Wayne County students and all school staff will get a little extra holiday break next week, taking a week away from classwork for Thanksgiving. Superintendent Wayne Roberts outlined the proposal to school board members during a meeting held last night (Thursday), explaining that he would like to get all staff away from campus several days prior to Thanksgiving.
 Wayne County students have been attending classes virtually for several weeks now and will continue to do on November 30, according to the proposal. Board members endorsed the proposal, cancelling all instruction next week and closing campus. When classwork resumes on November 30, Roberts said that he would like to keep all staff off campus until mid-week to reduce in-person contact.
 Roberts reviewed the executive order by Governor Andy Beshear which cancelled all in person instruction for middle school and high school students until January. He noted that elementary schools may bring students back to class in December,
if the county is not designated in the red zone. That will be something that will be evaluated at that time.
 Also during the meeting, the purchase of five new buses were approved to replace five buses that were included in a recent settlement agreement with Volkswagen. Fifty percent of the purchase costs will be covered by the settlement and the
board will pay for the other 50 percent of the purchase.