"VV board swears in 3 elected " by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck school trustees approved the canvass of the Nov. 3 election that resulted in two incumbents’ re-election and the election of a new trustee at the school board’s regular meeting Monday, Nov. 16.
   Incumbents Terry Blackmon and Kevin Ward, plus new trustee Casey Kile, were sworn in, while retiring trustee Bobbie Oncken was recognized with a plaque.
   In the board’s reorganization, Tony Kucera Jr. was voted in for another term as board president, along with Kurtis Brown as vice president and Terry Evans as secretary.
   Two agenda items dealing with COVID-19, including a proposal to give Superintendent John O’Brien the flexibility to require facial masks during an outbreak of disease.
   O’Brien explained that without clear directions on wearing a mask from the governor and county judges, school districts could include a mask order in their handbooks.
   That provision is proposed for district handbooks “So superintendents can make the call” in case of outbreaks, O’Brien said.
   “This gives more flexibility. It’s something we would like to keep in there,” he said.
   He asked for the board’s approval for the face mask provision to be in the district’s handbook under dress code.
   “It’s your call,” he told trustees, noting the provision could be applied for more than COVID-19. “It could be used for flu, strep – whatever goes around.”

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