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The Weld Re-8 board of education is going to drop its virtual meetings and study sessions in favor of in-person get-togethers starting Thursday, March 11. The school board made a decision during a …
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The Weld Re-8 board of education is going to drop its virtual meetings and study sessions in favor of in-person get-togethers starting Thursday, March 11. The school board made a decision during a virtual meeting Feb. 25.
The board meets just one time in March, so it will be a combination work session and regular business meeting.
Where the meeting will take place is unclear. The board cannot meet in the district building because of coronavirus crowd limits. The cutoff is 10 people; nine of those are taken up with board members and district staff. District activities director Jim Roedel said the Fort Lupton High School auditorium can seat just 63 people because of coronavirus restrictions.
“Zoom (meetings) is difficult in our boardroom,” said board member Cody LeBlanc. “I’d prefer moving to the middle school auditorium so we can have as many people attending as we can.” There won’t be a Zoom link,
Board members Kehle Griego and Matthew Adame supported a return to in-person forums. Board President Susan K. Browne raised the possibility of a change in test numbers and positive test rates before March 11. Roedel said the size of the crowd depends on the venue.
“I suggest you make a decision to go in-person, and we’ll work to establish a facility and get maximum public engagement,” he told the board. “I think that’s helpful for you.”
The public won’t be able to comment in case of a live-streamed meeting.
“Even if we’re on a stage, we’re going to have to be socially distant, and we’re going to have to wear masks when we are in the building,” board member Michelle Bettger said.
It figures to be a full agenda for both sessions. One item that may appear came from Fort Lupton Education Association President Kim Flanagan. She’d like to see a delay in this year’s standardized testing. Students at both Fort Lupton High School and Fort Lupton Middle School return for in-person learning Monday, March 29. A hybrid option will remain available, too.
“It makes no sense to bring students back for in-person learning and then do standardized testing,” she told the board Feb. 25. “We need to use our limited resources to focus on learning and the emotional needs of our students. We do not have limited days to administer a test.”
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