The new Wayne County Area Career and Technology Center has been 
completed and the district has received the certificate of occupancy 
for the building. That meant several days last week were moving days 
for teachers and staff at the ATC as they made the transition from 
the old building to the new one.
    Superintendent Wayne Roberts told the board of education the good 
news about the project completion during a meeting held on Thursday, 
March 19. The board had actually planned to hold their March meeting 
in the new building, but because of COVID-19 and the need for social 
distancing the meeting was held in the more structured environment of 
the board room at central office.
    School board members did take a tour of the new building after the 
meeting was adjourned.
    Roberts updated board members regarding the cancellation of classes. 
He said that so far he has heard no complaints regarding the action 
that the district has taken in response to COVID-19. Classes have 
been canceled at least through spring break at this point.
    The superintendent noted that students are still being fed through 
the school nutrition services with many meals being delivered each 
day. The district already participates in the Summer Feeding Program, 
and this is a temporary extension of the program which made it easier 
to put in place.
    At this point, Roberts said that staff who can work from home have 
been sent home and social distancing is occurring among those who 
remain on the job. They are utilizing technology like Remote PC, Zoom 
conferencing and call forwarding to cut down on the in-person contact 
in the district.
    Roberts stated that there is a plan in place to try to keep all 
employees working at this time, so no one will miss a paycheck. For 
example, they are using this time to do some training for teacher's 
aids in the district. Bus drivers are helping in other capacities, so 
they can continue to work.
    In other action during the meeting, the board:
    • Approved change orders and a pay application in regard to the Area 
Career and Technology Center project.
    • Approved a pay application for the Wayne County track and soccer 
field project.
    • Approved a Memorandum of Agreement between Wayne County Schools and the sheriff's office for the continuation of the School Resource 
Officer program. There are currently two School Resource Officers on the campus and the cost is shared.

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