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GASD hears public comment; votes against reopening discussion on health and safety plan; considers pandemic funds use

After hearing comment from eight residents during its public comment session, the Gettysburg Area School Board held a short meeting on Monday evening. A recording of the meeting is available here.

Board member Katherine Adams Pratt asked the board to reconsider its health and safety plan, which makes face masks optional, in light of recent COVID upticks in the county. The motion to reopen discussion was rejected with only Pratt, Sylvan Hershey, and Carrie Soliday voting in favor.

Assistant Superintendent Christine Lay said the district was working with third-party providers and in-house teachers on its cyber offerings for the upcoming school year. Lay said the number of students signing up for the programs was going up every day.

Superintendent Jason Perrin outlined how the district was planning to use the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER-II) COVID money. A total of $2,879,423 is available to the district. 

Proposed uses included hiring a reading specialist, preparing for long-term school closures, improving mental-health services, summer learning and after school programming, addressing learning losses caused by the pandemic, increasing funds for live-streaming board meetings, improving WIFI access for families, community and parent engagement, and expanding access to school information.

A complete list of the proposed uses of the funds is here.

Perrin said the district had applied for a grant to provide WIFI access on the district’s school buses.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Tuesday Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m..

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