ASHTON – The AFC School Board was addressed by Shantel Schafer, who expressed her opinion of the board's decision to follow the state mandated Covid mask regulations. She told the board that there were teachers and parents alike complaining about the regulations and implored them to go against the state mandates and let the children go without masking. There was no action taken on her statements.
The FFA reported a busy start to the year with activities and plans. They are currently volunteering at the Kitchen Table once a month and recently held a petting zoo at the Ashton Fall Festival. National Convention is coming up and they will get to see former AFC student, Jay Long, receive his American Degree.
Tim Henert thanked the FFA on behalf of the Village of Ashton for the donation of two hogs to stock the Care Pantry’s freezer. The FFA will hold a Farmer’s Market on Oct. 13 in downtown Ashton with vendors, food trucks and music. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.
Superintendent Lindy reported that the Lee County Covid 19 metric is at five percent, up from 2.9 percent a week ago. Testing is being done at the school, if approved by the parent/guardian, if a child appears to have symptoms. The school has performed about 130 tests with only one positive result.
Principals Kimberly Torman and Jenah Burkitt reported on the results of tests given to the students.
Following executive session the board approved a Resolution to Adopt the FY 2022 budget; the District Strategic Planning Framework; a Public Hearing for Oct. 18 to week input on the ESSER III Funds and a request to add Jessica Wolf as a Signatory on the Junior/Senior High School Activity Account.
In other business, the board approved the additional role of Sonia Calhoun-Gilroy as Boys JV Basketball Coach, changed Amanda Yocum’s position to Paraprofessional Elementary School, she was a kitchen aide, added kitchen aide at the elementary school to Cindy Mundell’s position and hired Rhonda Cardot as trainer/support for district bookkeeper, not to exceed 599 hours per year. They also accepted the verbal resignation of Jodi Lahman, a paraprofessional.