329 board discusses masks rules at meeting

Emma Alderman | news editor

The USD 329 board received new information on lessening masks restrictions at its monthly meeting Monday night.

There was a discussion about masks due to Wabaunsee County lessening its restrictions. Wabaunsee Health Department administrator Ray Finley advised against making masks no longer necessary in USD 329 buildings for now and instead advised the board to wait thirty days and see how surrounding areas lessening their restrictions affect us. So far USD 329 has had very little transmission of the virus through school. 

During Principal Hutley’s report she recognized both the boys and girls basketball teams for their sub state victories and the boy’s second place finish at state. She also recognized the all Mid-East League selections in basketball of Lauren Schutter, Tyler Loemeyer, Braden Meseke and the honorable mentions of Madison Wertzberger, Dawson Shultz and Cade Oliver. 

Sheriff Rob Hoskins introduced the new Security Resource Officer Leo Lovely to the board and spoke about the upcoming town hall meeting that will take place Friday at 7 p.m. Hoskins also mentioned that there are plans for similar meetings for students in the district in the near future. 

During the meeting the board reaffirmed that following the end of this school year Paxico Middle School will be closed down. Alma Grade School and Maple Hill Elementary School will then become preschool through fifth grade buildings and Wabaunsee Junior High will be a 6-8 grade building. There has not been a definite plan made on what to do with the Paxico Middle School building yet. 

The board accepted a bid of $3600 from David Vermitten for structural design services of the WHS Limestone building, WHS weight room, and the older section of the WJH building. 

The board also approved the hiring of Kevin Sullivan as the WHS counselor to replace retiring Marilyn Workman. It also approved rehiring winter sports coaches and hired Karen Wright as assistant WHS softball coach.

The board also approved making Monday, May 10 a professional development day for teachers, so students will not attend school that day.

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