EACSD Board of Directors hears overview of Return to Learn plan, approves bids in preparation for upcoming school year

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held Monday, July 20. After the agenda was adopted, the usual and customary authorizations were approved, including the July consent items, minutes of the regular June meeting, bills for June 30 and July, Secretary’s Financial Report for June, Student Activity and Food Service June Reports.

The board approved the bids for bread and milk. Only one bid was submitted for each category, including Prairie Farm for milk and Bimbo for bread. The bids were as follows:

½ pt. 1% white - .2820
½ pt. skim white - .2670
½ pt. skim chocolate - .2995
8-oz. orange juice - .1940
20 oz. loaf Whole Wheat Bread - 2.22
24 oz. loaf 53% Whole Grain White Bread - 2.24
Hamburger Buns Wheat 16-count - 3.18
Coney Buns Wheat 16-count - 3.18.

The board also approved  four Iowa Association of School Board (IASB) 2020 Legislative Priorities. Those priorities for the district focused on Preschool, Mental Health, School Funding Policy and Supplemental State Aid.

Approval was also granted by the board for refunds to now graduated senior students for the cancellation of the annual Washington DC class trip, as well as to parents who paid preschool tuition in advance. These one-time refunds are a result of the shutdown of school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teacher Leader Donna Thomas reported on the progress of painting, floor waxing and general maintenance at the New Albin Elementary School in preparation for the new school year.

EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier reviewed the district’s draft for its 2020-2021 Return to Learn Plan. It includes a basic overview, a general plan for three ways to deliver instruction, a specific school district plan for the start of the school year, information on a learning management system, COVID-19 screening, transportation and other helpful information. The plan is based on guidance from the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Health and will be released to the public (see article: EACSD will begin school year with hybrid Return to Learn plan).

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