By Mark Spelbring
The Southwest Parke Community School Board meeting October 14 joined the electronic world as only two board members, Chairman Darrek Davis and Penny Cox, were present in person. A third member, Gary Kouns II, participated by speaker phone to make a quorum. Members Max Case and Mark Maden were absent from the meeting, which was held in the corporation office meeting room.
The distance meeting fit the times because the schools have since gone to an e-learning format for three days this week, October 19-22, due to COVID-19 concerns. That decision was not part of the board meeting, but Superintendent Dr. Phil Harrison stated he was meeting with the Health Department Friday, October 16, and he asked the board members for their thoughts on the COVID-19 situation.
In his report, Superintendent Harrison said as of that day 124 students were quarantined from Riverton Parke High School, with lower numbers at Rosedale Elementary and none at Montezuma Elementary. Harrison stressed that was the number of quarantined students, not positive cases, and said they were running around 20 students quarantined for each positive.
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