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MONTGOMERY — Much of the focus of Tuesday night’s Barr-Reeve school board meeting was the upcoming school year and what that might look like.

The board approved a resolution for the reopening of school in August but Barr-Reeve Superintendent Dr. Travis Madison was quick to point out that changes may still have to be made.

“We are very blessed. We have been working with Daviess County and Martin County schools on this,” said Madison, who said the school corporations as well as the vocational cooperative have all been working together on a plan.

“Our plan won’t look much different from what others have but there are some things that will be a little different for each school. We didn’t want to put anything in the plan we didn’t feel like we could accomplish. There is no foolproof plan that will prevent the spread of the virus. We are just going to do the best that we can and do everything we can to get everything ready for fall for our kids.”

Madison said the plan as it stands currently can be found on the school corporation website.

“The version we will have on the website will be the most up-to-date plan,” he said, adding that’s part of the reason it is so vital for parents and guardians to keep current phone and email addresses in the Harmony system.

As of now, Barr-Reeve students are set to attend classes five days a week. A virtual academy option will also be available but STEM Academy Director Andrea Huff, who will oversee the academy with new hire Tosha Raymond, is still working out some of the details.

“You can’t replace what will be taught in the classroom and the online academy won’t be exactly the same as what kids will be doing in the classroom,” said Madison, adding in the next week or so families will be contacted to see if they are interested in having their students become a part of the online academy. “The online academy will be semester-by-semester.”

In other business, Madison’s contract extension was approved and a coaching change was made. Mark Holt will be switching positions with Brett Graber and will once again lead the girls basketball program. Leah Bullock and Moriah Bullock were also added to the list of assistants who will help with the junior high boys tennis program.

Work also continues on the building constructions and improvements being made at the elementary and junior-senior high school.

Madison said graduation Friday will take place in the new gymnasium and teachers who are moving to the new wing are now in the process of moving their classrooms.

“We’ll be doing the punch list around Aug. 3,” said Madison.

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