Manchester Board of Education heard updates on the state of the College Street buildout and COVID-19 measures and approved a new special education position during a short October board meeting held Thursday morning at the State Farm Corral boardroom.
The morning meeting was held during a pause in the board’s annual retreat, a day-long work session in which the board addresses long-term goals.
The October board meeting covered only one item for discussion, the approval of a special education position at Westwood Elementary and the updates to the board by Director of Schools Dr. Joey Vaughn.
“The number of children with additional needs that have an IEP that require one-to-one aide is increasing. The numbers in that particular department are up,” Vaughn said.
The CDC aide position will be funded through federal funding.
Vaugh told the board that contractors working at College Street Elementary hit a natural gas line with earthmoving equipment Wednesday.
Vaughn said that while the incident was not serious, yet as a cautionary measure, Principal Tom Jacobs evacuated the school. The evacuation lasted about five minutes, Vaughn noted.
Vaughn told the board that the documentation with city planning commission has been approved and work is moving forward.
Concerning COVID-19 in the school system, Vaughn told the board that there was a small cluster of cases at Westwood Middle School.
“I’m updating weekly the state website the number of staff cases and student cases,” he said.
This week there were two students and three staff to test positive.
“We are quarantining and doing contact tracing. Our families are being great about this. I can’t brag on the community enough for helping us with this,” Vaughn said.
“We are being vigilant. I feel good about this,” he said.
In the next board meeting, the board will recognize the Westwood Middle School undefeated football team Nov. 9 at the middle school.