In comments to Purcell’s school board, superintendent Dr. Sheli McAdoo addressed both the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests that have sparked riots and looting in parts of the country.

“We are at a very powerful place in the nation’s history,” she said Monday, adding next month she will present a resolution to the board calling for “making school a place for everybody.”

The Class of 2020 senior prom was pushed back to July 16 when schools were closed in the spring due to the pandemic.

That event is now cancelled.

“We will not be able to put on the prom,” she said, citing social distancing guidelines.

McAdoo said she is encouraged by response to return to school surveys the district sent to parents and staff.

She bragged on the district’s food service staff which has continued to feed students this summer.

The district will run the summer food program through July 31.

The district’s planned use for it’s Cares Act funding has been approved by the State Department of Education, she said, and the district has received an additional grant of $14,000 for special education.

New hires took up the bulk of business at the board’s monthly meeting.

Following an executive session, the board approved the following for the 2020-21 school year:

  • employ Atty Brinlee as Child Find/data collection specialist;
  • employ Amanda Nicklas as elementary teacher;
  • employ Jaci Lemieux as elementary teacher;
  • employ Carly Jenne as elementary teacher;
  • employ Taryn Johnston as elementary special education teacher;
  • employ Kayla Whitlock as elementary counselor;
  • employ Sheri Enox as intermediate library assistant;
  • employ Katie Clayton as high school special education teacher;
  • employ Michael Savage as assistant athletic director and coach;
  • employ Randy Belicek as assistant athletic director and coach; and
  • employ Zacary Martinez as summer meal delivery driver and ground maintenance.

Several other duty assignments for staff were approved in the consent agenda.

McAdoo will serve as the district’s purchasing agent, approving any purchase up to $20,000 and change orders up to 15 percent without prior approval of the board.

She was also named authorized representative for federal and state programs and will serve as the district’s coordinator for Title IX complaints.

Angela Stone will serve as treasurer for the new fiscal year.

McAdoo and Stone will deposit all funds into the appropriate accounts.

Wanda Clark will be the encumbrance clerk and Lareatha Keeler will take on duties of child nutrition fund clerk and activity fund clerk.

Board minutes clerk will be Ashleigh Smedley.

The only other action taken by the board was to award the district’s paper bid for the new school year to Contract Paper Group, Inc.

Tyler Graves from Goldsby Construction told the board that he is waiting for the City of Purcell’s inspection this week of the weight room.

“The long journey is coming to the end,” he said of the extensive construction project that began in 2018.

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