Wayne County Board Member Larry Muse will serve as the chairperson for the Wayne County Board of Education as a result of action taken at the start of Thursday, January 21st school board meeting.
Muse and Board Member Melissa Upchurch were both nominated for the position, with Muse being selected by a 3-2 written vote by board members. Upchurch was then selected to serve as vice-chairperson for the board.
Muse, Upchurch and newly elected Board Member Benton Sloan were sworn in as board members at the meeting. Wayne County Board Attorney Gordon Germain administered the oath of office to the three board members. The board also took the opportunity to recognize former Chairperson Donna Blevins, who chose not to run for re-election to her seat last fall. Blevins served as a board member for 16 years and she received a plaque and a special gift from the board during last night's meeting. She shared her appreciation to her constituents, the two superintendents she has served with and the school staff, and her fellow board members. She was grateful for the journey that has been a rewarding adventure for her helping meet the needs of students.
The board members opted to keep the monthly board meetings on the same schedule set for the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
Students in the Wayne County district will return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 25, according to Superintendent Wayne Roberts. The district made that decision several days ago, when COVID case numbers in Wayne County showed a significant decline. The plan is to resume the alternating day schedule, with long-term plans to get students back into the classroom up to four days per week if numbers continue to improve.
Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker reviewed the 2020-21 School Nutrition and Physical Activity Report. She described the mission that her department has been on feeding children during the pandemic and was commended for their efforts.
Also during the meeting, the board reviewed and approved the draft budget for the next school year. At this point, schools do not have any specific idea on dollars they will receive in state funding, so the draft budget is a very preliminary look at the next financial picture. The board will have a tentative budget with some more specific information in May.
The board agreed to amend their policy regarding COVID-19 related emergency leave days, increasing it from 10 to 20, in the interest of fairness.
School Board Attorney Gordon Germain administers oath of office to three of the members starting a 4-year term.
Melissa Upchurch was sworn in
New Board Member Benton Sloan was sworn in
Larry Muse sworn in
Superintendent Wayne Roberts presents Donna Blevins with a plaque for her service.
Retiring Chairperson Donna Blevins expressing thanks after being recognized
Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker shared the 2020-21 Report on Nutrition and Physical Activity