Blackwell's Board of Education discusses end-of-year items

by Charles Gerian

The Blackwell Board of Education met briefly Monday night while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The board reappointed Kristi Donaldson as the district encumbrance clerk, Jennifer Murphy as the district payroll clerk, Shara Bookout as the district treasurer, Rhonda Buesing as the district minute clerk, and Murphy as the deputy minute clerk for the 2020-2021 school year.

The board scheduled a special meeting for May 11 at 5:30 p.m., which will occur just before the board's regular meeting, for the sale of the district's $780,000 general obligation building bond. The board then approved temporary appropriations for the 2020-2021 school year. The board also approved a contract with Municipal Accounting Systems, Inc. to handle the district's funds, payroll, and purchase requisitions.

Blackwell High School Principal Shawn Haskins was the only other district employee in attendance. He said that continuous learning packets were being handed out for off-site learning, but stressed that it was all review material and that no new curriculum would be taught.

Haskins then said that the school would have graduation "as soon as we can get back into the building," and reported that prom would likely be in the summer. He also said that the end-of-year banquets and ceremonies wouldn't happen, but added that the students involved would be recognized in another fashion.

With no new business, the board adjourned shortly before 7 p.m.