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ROARING SPRING – No new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past three weeks in the Spring Cove School District, according to Superintendent Betsy Baker.

“I can’t remember the last time that happened,” she said during Monday night’s school board meeting. Last week, Blair County’s COVID-19 community transmission rate dropped from high to substantial as cases in the county continue to decline.

Also during the meeting, Baker announced that representatives from the Blair County Election Board visited the district’s schools and decided to move forward with plans to utilize Spring Cove Elementary and Martinsburg Elementary for elections – starting with the November general election. The Election Board will set up four total precincts – two each in Spring Cove and Martinsburg elementary schools, Baker said.

“For the safety of our students, school will not be in session on the election days,” she said, adding that the district is required by law to allow the Election Board to hold polls in its facilities.

Baker also went over a copy of the cafeteria audit completed on March 4, noting there were no compliance concerns, the meals and portion sizes met National School Lunch Program requirements and all meals were served in a timely manner.

However, the report did include a few recommendations, such as offering water to students through water coolers instead of in the lunch line, allowing students to self-serve their utensils and implementing the Spice It Up seasoning program at the secondary level to address students’ desire for more flavor.

“Based on input from the students during the audit, we are also making an effort to more frequently serve some additional student favorites including Salisbury steak, macaroni and cheese and BBQ chicken,” Baker said.

The auditors did recommend that the district consider increasing its pay rate for food service workers next year, she said.

“Wages in the food service industry have escalated in the past two years,” Baker said. “We will need to address this in our next food service agreement in order to provide competitive wages, maintain staff and be more successful in recruiting staff.”

According to Baker, the auditors stated that “The teams in all four buildings were very accommodating, knowledgeable, spirited and working very hard.”

Also in her report, Baker said that due to the teacher shortage, Act 91 would allow schools to issue emergency permits for classroom monitors. Those monitors would have to be at least 25 years old, have earned at least 60 college credits and have completed a classroom management course offered by the intermediate unit.

“The monitors are permitted to serve as substitutes who follow the lesson plans provided by the teacher, but they are not permitted to plan lessons,” Baker said. “So they wouldn’t be used as a long-term substitute, but for maintaining normal activities.”

In other matters, the board presented a certificate of recognition to Cayden Wright and Parker Gregg for their US patented invention Air Alert. Wright accepted the certificate on behalf of himself and Gregg, who was at the meeting.

“I appreciate it’s quite an accomplishment for you guys and again it’s not an easy process,” School Board President James Butler said. “You’ve been learning that along the way, and it’s great experience.”

Mirror Staff Writer Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.

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