BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County’s school board has claimed indeed to virtually $2.5 million in federal grant funds by means of Tennessee, and some of it is going to reside-preserving defibrillators.
The board at its Tuesday assembly voted 5- with two absent to acknowledge $2,459,197.24 in federal Epidemiology and Laboratory Potential (ELC) grant cash in trade for accomplishing COVID tests on college students and staff members.
The vote also authorized expending portion of that dollars on a three-12 months nursing program deal, desktops for that, and new automated exterior defibrillators to replace types with expiring batteries that university officials claimed simply cannot be replaced. The revenue also will be employed to buy added AEDs for school places without them, interim Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski said.
A get the job done session on July 29 will handle how to expend the relaxation of the ELC resources and COVID-19 relief resources less than the Elementary and Secondary College Unexpected emergency Aid Fund (ESSER) 2. and 3..
The 58 AEDs, at $1,495 every as a result of a cooperative buying settlement not necessitating bids, plus accessories will value more than $100,000 though the nursing software program and computers will price tag $87,000.
The dollars is in trade for the college technique performing COVID-19 exams on students and older people in the system. It initially was to have been about $1.2 million, but simply because other methods did not apply, the county method obtained extra, college officers reported.
In other issues Tuesday, the board:
• Permitted a non permanent COVID-19 increase of substitute trainer fork out to $100 a day expire, meaning it will return to $65 for non-qualified and $70 for licensed substitutes. The issue could be revisited later on.
• Enhanced the pay for The Video clip Guy to livestream conferences and do the job periods from $150 to $200 for every meeting or session in a one particular-12 months agreement acceptance following he was the only bidder.
• Authorized a change putting in more needs to grant learners a social marketing, like obligatory attendance of moms and dads at two conferences, and housekeeping adjustments in grading. Both equally were amendments to the University student Rights and Tasks handbook.
• Heard Rafalowski report the Tuesday morning dying of Sandy Davis, who worked at Sullivan North Higher University from its opening in 1980 to its permanent closure in May possibly of this year. She also had added time in the method. “She gave anything to that faculty,” reported Rafalowski, a trainer and coach at North when it opened. “I really don’t assume I heard her have a cross phrase for any individual.”
• Heard Rafalowski report that county process lecturers will return Aug. 2 to lecture rooms and pupils Aug. 9. The new West Ridge Substantial University, a merger of Sullivan South, North and Central high educational facilities, will stagger its to start with week with juniors and seniors Monday and Wednesday, freshmen and sophomores Tuesday and Thursday and all learners Friday.