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Wilcox County BOE approves in person classes for 2021-22

By Lucas C. Allison

Dispatch Correspondent

The Wilcox Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday nightUpon recommendation of Superintendent Julie Childers, the board approved changes to the 2021-2022 school calendar to return to five-day week in person learning, no virtual classes will be offered by Wilcox schools this yearA Virtual Learning option is available through Georgia Virtual School or Virtual School of the parents’ choice but will no longer be enrolled in the Wilcox County School SystemTeachers return July 26 with open house scheduled for July 28Open house times will be staggered 1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. will be Kindergarten, First, Sixth and Ninth grades, 2:30 p.m.3:30 p.m. is for Second, Seventh, and 10th grades, 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m. is for Third, Fourth, Eighth and 11th grades, 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be Fifth, and 12th gradesDuring open house students will be able to purchase lockers and parking passesPre-K orientation will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.in the lunchroom. Friday July 30 is the first day of classes for studentsThe Board also announced the school will be paying for all school supplies for all students with the exception of bookbags and earbuds/headphones, the supplies will be paid for with CARES2 fundingMasks will be optional for staff and students but are strongly encouraged to be worn on buses and in hallways where social distancing is more difficultWilcox County Schools will continue to  follow current COVID guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Georgia Department of Education (GA DOE)

Supt. Childers announced that Monica Carter was the recipient of the Real Men Give Back Scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year, she will be attending Fort Valley State University.

The Board declared two real estate parcels as surplus property and will be sold via sealed bidsParcel ID 023B 091 consisting of 1.68 acres on Commerce Street in Pineview, GA and Parcel ID R05 005002 consisting of .34 acre on Gordon Street in Rochelle, GA.

The Board received one bid for clearing the land at the high school track, it was submitted by Circle S Construction for $17,500. Discussion was had regarding the disposal of the asphalt and cost estimate for using it in leveling and paving projects, the board tabled the awarding of the bid to further investigate the feasibility of that use and the affect it would have on the bid.

The Board approved budgets for FY22 Pre-K, Federal Programs, CTAE, 21st CCLC Pass Program, and FY22 Cares ActAlso approved the Board of Education Training Plan and Annual ReportAdopted a Resolution approving the five-year local facilities plan requesting GA DOE assistance. Following Executive Session approved Ginger Ledford and Susie Gordon as 49 percent teachers and hiring Ashley McKinney, Liz Bloodsworth, and Catherine South as Elementary school teachersThe Wilcox Board of Education meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5p.m., at the board offices in Abbeville.