Piqua Board of Education hears back-to-school update

PIQUA — The Piqua City School District Board of Education heard a brief back-to-school update from superintendent Dwayne Thompson during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Following the mandatory mask order by Gov. Mike DeWine this week, Thompson said he has already received multiple questions from parents regarding how this mandate may affect Piqua’s back-to-school plan.

“Those orders are supposed to come out, and we’re told there is going to be some specific information in there for schools,” Thompson said. “We need to really see (the order) and understand it better, and once we figure that out, we will get some updated information out.”

Thompson also said details of the K-3 remote learning program are still being hashed out within the district. The program is not yet open for registration, but is expected to be ready soon.

“We are still working a little bit with our K-3 program,” he said. “We want to make sure we understand all the ins and outs of it before we send it out to parents. That’s a really critical piece because the students are really young and we want to make sure there are great resources there and that we have the people to support it.”

According to treasurer Jeremie Hittle, the district will receive $168,000 of CARES Act money to be used for PPE, sanitation supplies, and potentially for the hiring of additional janitorial workers to accommodate increased sanitizing of schools, along with any other coronavirus-related expenses that may arise.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted a list of donations and grants.

• Approved the PCSD free and reduced lunch policy and food service department annual compliance report for the 2020-2021 school year.

• Approved a list of resignations, hirings and staff transfers, along with a list of classified substitutes and volunteers.

• Held a second reading and final approval of revisions/updates to NEOLA board policies.

• Voted for approval to allow the treasurer and superintendent to enter into various agreements with the Miami County Educational Service Center from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. This is an annual measure.

• Approved a shared service agreement with Upper Valley Career Center for food service supervisor for the 2020-2021 school year. This is an annual measure.

• Approved the Ohio State Board Association Transportation Supervisor program subscription for the 2020-2021 school year. This is an annual measure.

• Approved the contract between Piqua Education Association and the Piqua City Schools Board of Education effective Aug. 1, 2020.

The next board of education meeting will be held Aug. 27, at 6 p.m.