Multiple meetings held to address Red Bud school reopening plans

A special meeting and a town hall style meeting were both held by the Red Bud School District in the past week to address the district’s school reopening plan.

On Thursday, July 30, the school board held a special meeting. While the main item on the agenda for the evening was the reopening plan, there were a few personnel matters also approved.

Approved was the retirement of junior high English teacher Kim Straub, and the resignation of high school guidance counselor Lisa Guebert. Hired were: Adam Guebert as the high school guidance counselor; Adrien Deien and Kristy Cooper as elementary paraprofessionals; and Raeshelle Braye as a high school paraprofessional. 

As for the school reopening plan, Superintendent Jonathan Tallman noted that the plan has been a work in progress for over a month and developed using input from the community.

He added that it was pretty clear that the community, parents, teachers and school board all wanted the students back in school.

Originally, the plan was to have students in attendance every day, all day, but some families wanted options. So an at home, remote learning option is also being offered. And with students both in attendance and remote, the workload was becoming overwhelming for teachers, and with the requirement of face coverings, the plan was modified. 

For more, please see this week’s print edition.