TAYLOR COUNTY—Despite the closure of Taylor County schools, due to the overwhelming spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), school officials are still hard at work behind the scenes tending to routine business.
However, in order to be in compliance with social distancing recommendations set in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, the board had to come up with a resourceful idea that would allow them to not only continue hosting their meetings but also make them available to members of the community. Together, they have done just that.
“The Pandemic has caused many adjustments to the way boards and other community agencies meet,” announced Taylor County Superintendent of schools Christy Miller.
Miller recently shared that the Taylor County Board of Education (BOE) will be offering their upcoming meeting via teleconference.
“The Taylor County Board of Education is one of those boards that still have business to conduct,” she explained. “The board must approve purchase orders, make hiring decisions and accept retirements and resignations to then post and fill when necessary. Personnel actions have mandated timelines even though we are in this present crisis. When we are able to return to normal operations, decisions have been made to support a safe and healthy opening.”
The board’s first meeting to be held remotely is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to address the BOE during the meeting should send an inquiry to Miller via email at [email protected], before 5:45 p.m., on Tuesday.
Additionally, members of the public are also welcomed to join in on the conference. Anyone wishing to listen to the meeting can do so by simply dialing the call-in number, 304-553-7794, and entering conference id: 751094049#, when prompted to do so.
According to Miller, initially all participants on the call will be muted, however, those desiring to speak who had made the proper arrangements with Miller prior to the meeting will be unmuted and offered the opportunity to speak at the appropriate time.
“While meetings are held differently, it is still important to offer the community a way to participate,” she expressed. “We must remember that transparency is just as important now, if not more so, being thrust into a very changed time.”
Miller went on to say that she, along with the rest of the board members, is committed to continuing to support the students of the community, stating that they are their “number one priority.”
“The meetings serve as our best path forward to ensure our students are receiving the resources necessary to continue being educated, nourished and supported during our closure,” she noted.
The call in number and conference ID code for the April 14 meeting can also be found on the county’s website, https://taylorcountyboe.net/ , or by visiting Taylor County Schools, WV on Facebook.
For the foreseeable future the Taylor County BOE will continue conducting business in this manner. Each meeting will be assigned a new call number and ID. Those numbers will be posted in the above-mentioned locations prior to each meeting.