C-N board talks construction progress, COVID-19 changes, superintendent search
The Colo-NESCO school board's Nov. 9 meeting started out with Director of Buildings and Grounds Bill Lytle updating the board on construction progress. Rochon Construction has begun moving heavy equipment to the Zearing site to begin work there, while the recent rain has revealed pooling of water on the new parking area in Colo. ISG has been contacted to find a solution to the issue.
Athletic Director Travis Owens relayed to the board new guidelines set forth by the governor due to COVID-19. There will be a limit of two spectators per athlete/participant at winter events until Nov. 30. This could also be extended depending on if the governor extends her proclamation. Concessions will also not be allowed in the gym during the winter sports season.
Owens proposed to purchase a Hudl package for the district. Hudl is an online video program to broadcast athletic events and programs. The board gave Owens permission to proceed with pursuing this program. Owens thinks it can be up and running by the end of November.
Rising COVID-19 numbers in the area were also discussed. Superintendent Jim Walker thought the district should consider changing their return to learn plan from masks being highly recommended to required for all students except where appropriate social distancing could be practiced. It was also mentioned that with Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines, a student who was in contact with a positive case, and both were appropriately masked, a student would not need to quarantine. The district will also discuss the possibility of moving to online courses at the next meeting.
Walker also asked the board to review the results of the survey by Grundmeyer Leader Services on community response to qualities in a new superintendent and to relay names of those who might be asked to serve on a search committee to Board Secretary Rita Foley.
Walker also mentioned that the district is looking at alternate locations for office staff at Colo during construction this coming summer.