Teachers to receive comp. for virtual learning hours

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees passed a Memorandum of Understanding for virtual compensation Monday night, Sept. 28.

“We are trying to run two platforms - a virtual school and a brick and mortar school,” said Chad Daugherty, superintendent.

Over 800 students are currently using virtual learning.

Originally, $100,000 of $644,000 CARES Act dollars awarded to HCCSC were budgeted to pay for virtual teachers.

“However, with the number of students that were wanting a virtual option that kind of magnified,” said Daugherty.

The memorandum will allot $208,000 to pay virtual teachers.

The compensation will be paid with $177,000 out of the CARES Act dollars, with the remaining funds to be taken out of the corporation’s general fund.

The compensation will be paid to 104 teachers in four different categories.

“I can tell you that from the very get go when we started this virtual option we have tried to be very patient, very understanding,” said Jay Peters, director of curriculum for HCCSC.

“We heard our public saying they wanted this option. We shared with you at a board meeting that in order for this to work it takes engagement from the parent and engagement from the student.

“I can tell you three weeks ago we sent out 150 school messenger letters to students who are not engaged with us across the district.

“One hundred and fifty out of 864 students.

“I can tell you that I have drafted a letter… that we look at those students that are not doing anything… re-questing that they come back on campus.”

He says it is concerning as a community and as a district that these stu-dents are not engaged with the schools.

“It’s an urgent call for them to engage with us.”

As for the other roughly 700 virtual students, Peters says, “they can continue to be a virtual student.”

The board also heard a special presentation by Director of Transportation Vanessa Fields regarding 17 stop arm cameras that have been installed on school buses this year.

Fields reported that almost 40 stop arm violations have been recorded by the cameras so far this school year.

In other business:

• The board approved the school improvement plans.

• Public hearing was held for the 2020-21 budget and the superintendent contract for 2020-2025. No public comments were made regarding either topic.

• Scott Bumgardner, HCCSC business manager, reported a roof repair project at Huntington North High School is completed, and a heat-ing/cooling project will begin soon.

• A Memorandum of Understanding was passed between HCCSC and Impact Institute. The agreement established that HCCSC provides space for learning opportunities, while Impact Institute provides ABE/HSE/ASC training to adults in the county.

• Daniel Bixler was appointed to the Andrews-Dallas Township Library Board of Trustees.