Paso Robles School Board meets at a distance Tuesday evening
–The Paso Robles School District Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening at the district board room on Niblick Road, but they rearranged the room to practice social distancing. School district administrators sat at a table facing the dais, and the board members spread out to maintain “safe six” feet separation. Only one member of the community and one reporter attended the meeting. The other thirteen people in attendance were affiliated with the school district.
The board discussed notifying employees at Bauer Speck Elementary School about closing that school and moving the students to other elementary schools in the district. The board did not vote to close the school, but they must notify the teachers and classified employees if they vote at a later date to close the school. Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Gaviola said that vacancies in the district will probably accommodate all the teachers whose positions are eliminated if Bauer Speck is closed.
The board also voted to buy more Google Chrome Books so they can be given to kindergartners and first graders to enhance the connectivity in distance learning.
Assistant Superintendent Carol Kenyon did not attend the meeting. She has accepted a position with the County Office of Education.
County Schools Superintendent James Brescia attended Tuesday night’s meeting. He said districts throughout the county are facing the same challenges. The issues are staying connected with students, although teachers don’t get to see those students every day. Brescia said all the districts are providing free lunch programs for the students. Many districts, including Paso Robles, provide books and other learning materials to students who are encouraged to read and study during the break created by COVID-19 reduction efforts.