Bladen County Schools’ virtual learning schedule for all grades has been extended after the scheduled virtual board of education meeting on Monday evening. All board members were in attendance at the virtual meeting.
Bladen County Health and Human Service Director presented the Bladen County Board of Education with a COVID-19 update. Below is the Bladen County Health Department’s COVID-19 update.
Bladen County Schools Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jason Atkinson reported, December 18 through January 10, there were 21 staff members positive for COVID-19. There were 34 staff members and 42 students placed on quarantine during the winter time frame. Dr. Atkinson also noted six (6) staff members and one (1) student was put in 10-day isolation because of symptoms or risk.
After the COVID-19 reports, the Bladen County Board of Education voted to extend virtual learning through Monday, February 15, 2021.
Board members Chris Clark, Dennis Edwards, Tim Benton, Gary Rhoda, Vinston Rozier, Cory Singletary, Alan West, Glenn McKoy, and Chairman Roger Carroll all voted for the virtual learning extension.
Adam Scepurek from Anderson Smith & Wike, PLLC gave an audit report at the meeting. As of June 30, 2020 the General Fund Balance was 852,000, according to the report. Scepurek explained the audit and stated, “You’ve got a very positive report.”
In closing, Scepurek noted the best thing any board can do is try to minimize fund balance usage and add to the fund balance.
Dr. Atkinson explained to the board all received a digital copy of the audit report.
On another item to cover, Chairman Carroll asked the board to clear their calendars for the new Superintendent search, and they would begin the search for the new Superintendent as soon as possible.
The next Bladen County Board of Education meeting will be held on February 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.