Verndale School Board: “We will be prepared” for Coronavirus

by Trinity Gruenberg

The Verndale School Board held their regular meeting on March 2.


Members did a walk through of the auditorium with an engineer. Superintendent Paul Brownlow explained the air conditioning was possibly set up backwards and could cost more to fix. It is being looked into. They also discussed sound equipment. They are waiting to hear back on prices.

Radon Testing

There were 110 radon test kits placed throughout the school. Two spaces showed a slight elevation, but nothing of concern. The tests came back in acceptable levels. They will test again in five years.

Plans for Coronavirus

They are receiving information from the Department of Health to review their crisis plan in case the coronavirus hits the area.

Costa Rica has no threat level and travel is fine. The Spanish trip to Costa Rica will be held March 19-27.

The attorney gave them things to consider, just in case, regarding emergency school board meetings, how would they handle quarantined students and staff. They will look into e-learning if the school were to be shut down.

“We will be sure that we are prepared,” said Brownlow.

Administrative Reports

Raiders wrestlers made their second consecutive State appearance and placed fifth. Craig Orlando is the State champion for the third year in a row. Girls basketball finished their season. Spring sports began March 9.

They received a thank you note from the Randy Shaver Foundation for their Tackle Cancer night in which they raised over $750.

Principal Arick Follingstad shared the Reality Fair went well and there was good attendance. They discussed having it every other year.....

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