Superintendent Chris Lake presented the Swanton Board of Education with the district’s reopening plan at its Wednesday meeting.
Plans to improve the safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic include desk barriers for students, disinfectant machines to be used daily, reprogramming the HVAC systems to purge air from the buildings more often, seating charts, replacing drinking fountains with bottle filling stations and spreading desks out as far as possible.
He added that over 200 students have joined the Swanton Virtual Academy, which has helped to get class sizes much lower than normal across the district.
Also at the meeting, the Board approved a remote learning plan that will allow the district to move to hybrid learning or completely virtual learning if needed.
Several personnel items were also approved by the Board. They included Julie Zedlitz, musical vocal instructor, musical drama instructor, vocal director, and high school student council advisor; Nicole Lovell, sophomore class advisor; Eric Keller, freshman football coach; Eric Dickey, accompanist; Chris Smigelski, assistant boys soccer coach; Hailee Roeder, assistant volleyball coach; Shannon Cargill, high school data team and Co National Honor Society advisor; and Bethany Lopez, Co National Honor Society advisor.
Arthur Wolford and Ean Comstock were hired as IT support for the 2020-2021 school year.
Also on Wednesday, the Board approved an easement agreement that allows the Village of Swanton to place a fire hydrant on district owned property.
Donations were also approved, including $3,999 from Swanton Parents Club to the general fund, $525 from JL Mechanical Services Inc. to the girls soccer team fundraising account, $525 from Mark Smigelski to the girls soccer team fundraising account, $500 from Swanton Athletic Boosters to the girls basketball team fundraising account, $145 from Mark Kahl to the boys soccer team fundraising account, and $20 from Ron Kauffman to the the boys soccer team fundraising account.