MCCSC school board races: Four seats filled with one new member, three incumbents

On Tuesday, voters in the part of the county served by the Monroe County Community School Corporation returned three incumbents to their seats on the board of trustees and put one new member on the board.

Winning a seat on the non-partisan board for the first time was April Hennessey, who prevailed in a three-way race that included Matthew Smith and incumbent Sue Wanzer.

Incumbent Cathy Fuentes-Rowher prevailed over challenger Marsha Lovejoy.

Incumbent Jacinda Townsend-Gides prevailed over challenger Philip Eskew, Jr.

District 5 incumbent Keith Klein, who has served as trustee since 2009, was unopposed. He is an adjunct faculty member in communications at Ivy Tech Bloomington. Continue reading “MCCSC school board races: Four seats filled with one new member, three incumbents”

MCCSC confirms code yellow for Tuesday in-person instruction

Shortly after noon, Monroe County Community School Corporation used its alert system and Facebook page to confirm that its in-person re-opening plan is on course: Tuesday will start the “code yellow” phase of instruction.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MCCSC has been operating so far this fall under code red, as defined by the district’s green-yellow-red color scheme. Red means all grade levels get online-only instruction. Green means all grade levels get in-person instruction, with an online option.

Monday’s announcement of code yellow instruction means that elementary school students are offered in-person instruction every day of the week. Secondary school students are offered instruction in-person and online based on alternating days of the week and groupings based on their last names. Continue reading “MCCSC confirms code yellow for Tuesday in-person instruction”

Start for MCSCC students delayed until Aug. 12, online-only at first

On Tuesday night, the board of the Monroe County Community School Corporation voted unanimously  to accept revisions to the district’s re-opening plan proposed by superintendent Judith DeMuth.

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Screenshot of the MCCSC board meeting of July 28, 2020

A resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the country, state and local region, has led to concerns about the safety of students, teachers and staff.

Highlights of the revisions include a delay to the start for students until Aug. 12.

At that point, instruction will be online-only—at least to start. A re-evaluation of the situation will be done by Sept. 11. Families will get a week’s notice before a change from online instruction.

Teachers will start Aug. 5 and use the time from then until Aug. 12 to prepare for online-only instruction. Continue reading “Start for MCSCC students delayed until Aug. 12, online-only at first”