School to Be Closed Remainder of the Year; School Board Met Last Evening

Last night was a night of firsts for the Russell County School Board at their monthly meeting.

For the first time in its history, the Russell County School board held a virtual meeting last night.    Acting upon the recommendation of state public health officials and the Kentucky School Board Association, the local board met virtually, with all board members attending the meeting via computer connection.

Superintendent Michael Ford told WJRS News after the meeting that April meetings are generally full of routine matters and last night was no different, except for one major announcement last evening.   Ford announced that there would be no in-person classes for the remainder of the school year.   This comes after Governor Andy Beshear and Education Commissioner Kevin Brown announced yesterday their recommendation that all school districts cancel in-person classes for the rest of the school year.

Ford also addressed the issue of pay increases for school personnel…

After considering and accepting some change order requests for the Lake Cumberland College and Workforce Center now under construction, the board addressed soccer coaches and technology:

WJRS News will have follow up stories with Superintendent Ford in the near future regarding graduation and other end of school year events and how plans are being made for those.

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