by Emily Waldrep
The Spurger School Board held its monthly board meeting on October 16. Board members approved several items that must be reviewed and approved yearly, including the Revised Student Wellness Policy, the Emergency Operations Plan, Policy Update 100 and the Quarterly investment report.
The board also went out for bids on a canopy project that would include work on sidewalk canopies and new canopies.
"There are several packages included in the bid," said Superintendent Joe Fisher. "Just canopies, canopies and repairing the awning in the back of the cafeteria, canopies that go over to the ag building and some concrete work."
Next, the board voted to change a policy that will allow the superintendent to hire all contracted employees. Previously, the superintendent had to hire an at-will employee and the board had to hire contracted employees, but now the superintendent has the power to hire all employees.
The board also discussed the recent Ebola crisis and the fact that the district already has a contagious disease policy and plan. The board reviewed that plan and agreed to send everyone in the district a letter that said the district is aware of the virus, and while it isn't here, the board has looked at plans in case it did become an issue.