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Ludlow Board Members Sworn In

Like many school districts across the state, staff members at Ludlow Independent Schools were set to begin receiving a COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend.

Superintendent Michael Borchers said that 92 percent of the teachers and administrative staff would be receiving the vaccine.

The remaining members will not yet be able to receive it due to a number of days that need to pass after someone has had the coronavirus.

Borchers also said that his administration team would meet in March about a new model plan that would allow students to have more in-person learning time through the remainder of the school year.

Borchers said that he is seeing a lot of stress among teachers and that he does not want the district to shutter again.

As of now, 82 percent of students attend class in-person either in the morning or afternoon, five days a week. Borchers hopes to increase in-class time for students and then formulate a plan for the next two years to include an amount of fluidity in case the virus lingers.

He hopes that next year all primary kids can be in school in person, but even that is unclear at this point. 

The new and returning board of education members elected in November were sworn in at the start of last week's meeting. Melanie Hazelwood is a newcomer while Wesley Dorger and Cindy Powell are returning. Members Amy Hayden and Kym King were not up for reelection last year.

Powell was named president of the board and Dorger was elected vice president. 

Jennifer McMillen is again the secretary and Financial Director Vikki Wofford is again the treasurer. 

In other business, the board approved non-residential contracts for the 2021-22 school year. Ludlow has an agreement with eight other local districts, and currently has 186 students that live outside the district.

The district has 801 students enrolled in total, which is up 15 students from last year.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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