Several Liberty County School System students were recognized during the LCSS Board work session meeting held Tuesday morning via Zoom and Facebook. LCSS Communications Coordinator Cathy Lane reported that Liberty County High School graduate Eduardo Renta-Colon was visited by the school’s prize patrol an awarded gifts and a check for $100 for having perfect attendance from Pre-k through high school, not missing a day in 14 years.
Lane recognized Bradwell Institute graduate Katherine Holandez Lopes for being the Gates Scholarship winner. She will have her full college tuition paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Graduates Destiny Rhan and Sache’ Rodriguez were recognized for graduating from High School while also graduating from Savannah Technical College in Cosmetology. BI grad London Marshall also graduated from Savannah Technical College in Barbering.
Board Chair Lilly Baker thanked the administrators and staff for the organized drive through graduation ceremonies saying they were well done and appreciated by the students and parents.
The Board had a lengthy discussion about the possible return of students to classrooms and what that would look like. Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry said they have many unanswered questions on how things would work, even from the state. Board member James Johns suggested that the Board be more transparent in letting the public know, that despite not having all the answers, the LCSS is working to ensure the classroom and school environment will be safe for students to return.
Dr. Perry said he will be as transparent as possible but added they need to be careful on what they can say.
“People will hold you to it and right now there are just too many things we don’t know,” Perry said.
Chief Operations Officer Arnold Jackson recommended the board approve the purchase of a new walk-in cooler/freezer from Norvell Fixture for $74,037.00 for Joseph Martin Elementary. The funding would come from the United States Department of Agriculture. The motion was approved.
The board approved their schedule to review the Board of Education policy as required by Cognia, the school accrediting agency.
Jackson said they will be placing food nutrition bids out for the annual purchase of items need for student breakfast and lunches. The Board is also requesting new bids for the System’s Licensed Practical Nurse, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist.
The LCSS is looking to replace all their Windows 7 computers and will bring a motion before the Board in June.