Newtown-Harris Board of Education accepts resignation

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The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education approved policies and accepted retirements and a resignation Monday evening.

The policies involved officially establishing the school start date as no earlier than 14 days before labor day, approving participation in the National Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, and adding CBD products to the list of items not allowed on campus or at school events.

The accepted retirements were for Family and Consumer Sciences and Business Teacher Linda Hague and First and Second Grade Teacher Laura Craft. The resignation was for Fifth and Sixth Grade Teacher Katie Brittain.

Contracts were approved for the principal and superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent Lucas McKinnis reported a four-day school week committee has come up with a tentative schedule for next school year for Newtown-Harris, and he is translating that into a calendar and tentative bell schedule.

A meeting was held on January 15th with Launch Virtual Educational Services regarding virtual class services. The school district will continue to look into the program and others to best serve students.

At an athletic conference meeting, it was decided to move the conference softball tournament to October 3rd to make seeding more accurate. Track will officially be at South Harrison, with a date to be forthcoming.

A band rehearsal will be held at Winston on February 22nd, and a tour will go to Winston, North Daviess, and Gilman City on February 24th. A choir clinic will be at North Harrison on March 21st, and a tour will go to Jamesport Tri-County, Grundy County R-5, and Newtown-Harris March 23rd.

Three candidates filed for the three open positions on the Newtown-Harris Board of Education, so no election is required. Candidates are incumbents Jeanie Faulkner and Joni Oaks as well as Lynn Shelter.