The Franklin County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees elected new officers to both the board and the board of finance at its Jan. 10 meeting.

Before the usual school board meeting, a meeting was held for the board of finance where corporation business manager Kendra Franks gave an update and Sharon Wesolowski was appointed as the finance board president and Kati Holman as the finance board secretary.

At the beginning of the normal school board meeting, the election of officers was held. Rick Gill was appointed as board president, Sharon Wesoloski as vice president, Beth Foster as secretary and Grant Reeves as the legislative liaison. School board meetings will continue to be held on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the administrative building. Amber McMillin Orozco was also reappointed as the corporation attorney.

The board gave a brief update on COVID-19 policies. There are no changes from the information that was sent out to parents prior to the school board meeting. The Centers for Disease Control announced new isolation guidelines and quarantine periods. FCCSC superintendent Tammy Chavis said they have added another layer of accountability for teachers and staff. If students return on day six, they must have a negative test and wear a face covering.

Chavis said the policy is great, but expects they will run into times when they do have the tests to appropriately enact this policy. If the school does not have the supplies to test and the student cannot get tested elsewhere, they will have to quarantine the full 10 days. A handout of other testing sites available will be given to parents if the school does not have the supplies to do so.

Chavis also added they have seen an increase in positivity rates, which was expected. She said they have seen 40-plus positive cases the day of the school board meeting and they were not isolated in a specific area as of now.
Franklin County High School principal Dustin Riley gave a brief presentation on FCHS Parent Information Night. Parent Information Night is scheduled for Jan. 27. It will be a two-hour event for parents and guardians. Those attending will learn about the school, programs offered and be able to meet teachers and staff. There will also be tours of the new music suite. Riley said he is excited to get everyone back in the building.

As part of the celebration portion of the evening, Katherine Apsley was recognized for being a 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Apsley wants to major in physical therapy.

Other items on the agenda:
Shannon New was appointed as principal of Laurel Elementary School and Beth Lake as principal of Mt. Carmel School upon the retirement of Marla Stevens.

Grant Reeves, board member, proposed some potential changes to the public comment policy. This is in an effort to make the public comment process more efficient and have answers ready for the public. The current policy is on the corporation's website.

Reeves also gave a legislative update. He spoke about the education legislation that would involve school board candidates potentially disclosing their political party. There are also bills that would put restrictions on curriculum. Reeves suggested the public reach out to their elected officials.
Board member Francis Brumback suggested exploring putting up a plaque in remembrance of Jenni Biltz at the Brookville Elementary School.

There were a few personnel changes. Nancy Hawkins and Cathi St. John, FCHS employees, announced their intent to retire at the end of the school year.

Sara Duffy was reappointed to represent the school board on the Franklin County Redevelopment Commission.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 14.