College board talks sports activities, fills positions
REGION — Board members voted 10-3 in favor of continuous the autumn athletic season regardless of a current spike in COVID-19 instances in Oxford County. Sports activities would solely proceed if Oxford County returns to its inexperienced classification.
Oxford County was just lately labeled as yellow, which means at present, SAD 44 faculties can not supply any sports activities or different extracurricular actions. Final month, the Maine Principals Affiliation introduced in its “Return to Competitors for Aggressive Actions in Maine” that any faculties in counties labeled yellow or purple can not maintain practices or have any video games.
Members Maggie Davis, Sarah DeCato and Stephanie Herbeck had been opposed.
If Oxford County returns to “inexperienced,” Telstar will resume fall sports activities.
“I’m involved about attainable unfold,” member Sarah DeCato stated a couple of attainable return to fall sports activities.
DeCato talked about that 4 faculties in Rumford and Mexico just lately closed attributable to a COVID-19 outbreak on the ND Paper Mill in Rumford. One of many faculties that shut down was Mountain Valley Excessive College, which performs in the identical convention as Telstar.
Board member Stephanie Erickson stated Telstar wouldn’t play Mountain Valley at this level, as a result of it’s at present closed.
“We’re voting for our district understanding that different districts in our county are additionally taking the right protocols to guard their space,” Erickson stated.
DeCato stated that Telstar might play Mountain Valley as soon as they open again up.
Erickson stated that since Mountain Valley closed on Monday, it might be unlikely that they play Telstar in any sport, provided that the season would nearly be over by the point they reopen.
“I extremely doubt provided that they’re following the identical security protocols as the remainder of the county, that they’d leap proper again into sports activities,” Erickson stated. “I don’t see how there may be an excessive amount of of a danger. We’d not be enjoying Mountain Valley for at the least 14 days, probably longer.”
Member Danny Whitney requested Telstar Principal Mark Kenney if he had obtained any suggestions from college students with their ideas on persevering with the sports activities season.
Kenney stated some college students are nervous, whereas others are desperate to play if the possibility arises.
Director Maggie Davis thought taking a extra cautious method with sports activities now may fit out higher for college kids in the long term.
“I’ve a sense if we polled all of final yr’s seniors and requested them in the event that they’d be keen to sacrifice their fall sports activities so as to have commencement, that they’d sacrifice their fall sports activities,” Davis stated.
Member Martha McLean famous that it’s unlikely Oxford County will return to inexperienced by Friday, however stated if the county does, she could be in favor of shifting ahead with athletics.
In different enterprise, administrators unanimously authorised Bonnie Largess as Chairman of the Board for the next yr. Largess served because the board’s chair for many of final yr, after John Walker’s resignation from the place. Danny Whitney was named Vice-Chairman, defeating members David Bartlett and DeCato.
Jamie Hastings was named Vice-Chairman Professional-Tempore, defeating DeCato.
Board members heard from Consultant to Area 9, Norm Clanton, who supplied an replace on the college. Clanton stated Area 9 is at present open and that every one programs are in operation.
“It’s a difficult time however we predict we’re serving the scholars the most effective we will,” Clanton stated.
“It’s tough sufficient doing distant studying on tutorial topics that you may tackle with a laptop computer, it’s far more difficult for technical applications that require hands-on experiences and dealing with machines,” Clanton added.
Area 9 serves Dirigo, Mountain Valley and Telstar faculties.
Final month, Area 9 was closed for 3 days after two college students examined constructive for COVID-19.