NEW BREMEN – Masks and social distancing will not longer be part of the student experience in New Bremen Schools, following a meeting of the New Bremen Board of Education.
Superintendent Jason Schrader read from a prepared statement updating a resumption of normal school operations. He said, “The New Bremen Local School District plans to return to normal operating procedures during the 2021/2022 school year. The district will not have requirements for social distancing and face coverings will be optional for students and visitors. The district will continue to clean high traffic areas frequently and educate students on good hygiene practices. We will continue to monitor the situation as we go into the new school year.” He added that they will be on the lookout on increases in COVID cases but at this point they are not seeing increased cases.
In other action, effective Aug. 20, the board approved a plan to pay 2% of the contributions being paid by school principals Marcus Overman and Diane Kramer to their State Teacher Retirement System. Other additional benefits approved were that Overman, Kramer and Technical director Brian Puthoff can receive compensation for up to 5 days of unpaid vacation.
In personnel recommendations, the board agreed to the renewal of the contract for principal Overman. He came to the district in May 2018. Also approved was Zach Fry as the new assistant junior high football coach and Cody King was approved to fill a new position as grade nine football coach.
Five band/athletic volunteers were recognized for the efforts. They included Tina Barhorst Drew McClurg for their assistance with cross country activities, Mike Holdren for assisting with golf, and Jeff Thobe and Jason Wells with high school football.
Student meal prices were expected to remain the same as last year, with $2.90 for K-6 students, and $2.95 for 7-12 students. Student class fees were also approved with those costs generally the same as the 2020/2021 school year.
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