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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
At the Sept. 14 Winchester school board meeting, the district approved its fiscal year 2022 budget following the public budget hearing.
Board members Trista Freeman and Aaron Littig volunteered to meet with representatives of the Bluffs school board to discuss the formation of a “Committee of 10” to continue exploring possibilities on the consolidation of the two school districts
A second reading of school board policy updates was conducted, and the policy changes were approved.
Also approved was the use of school facilities by IEC and youth basketball and volleyball leagues.
Board members went on to discuss the district’s planned use for the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds received by the district in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ESSER funds are designed to assist school districts prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – including responding to the pandemic’s impact on the social, emotional , mental health, and academic needs of students.
Following closed session, the board approved a four-year collective bargaining agreement with non-certified union members.
Board members also accepted the resignation of Adam Dutton.
In addition, Kessia Melanson was employed as a permanent substitute teacher. Kaitlyn Cooper was hired as a certified aide. Kim Davidson was hired as a custodian.
Finally, Amy Davis was approved as an assistant volleyball coach.