Magnolia School Board

The Magnolia School Board met on Monday, while maintaining its social distancing.

The Magnolia School District’s food service department received special praise during Monday’s Magnolia School Board meeting.

Superintendent John Ward recognized the district’s food service staff for the work it did to deliver meals to students during the time the schools have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teachers, coaches, bus drivers helped with the deliveries.

“They just did a phenomenal job making sure our kids had meals,” he said.

Ward told the board that graduation for the Class of 2020 has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9. He said the Class of 2020 was polled, and that the majority of seniors wanted to have as traditional a ceremony as possible.

The location may depend on guidelines from the governor. Indoor venues can only use 33 percent capacity which means graduates may be limited to only four guests. The other option would be the football field. The ceremony will be live-streamed.

Ward said the district has put together a COVID-19 task force. There will be 18 members, mostly teachers, two assistant principals, coaches, administrators and IT personnel. Their job is to put together a playbook of how to go back to a regular schedule as well as developing a modified schedule if needed.

Ward said the district expects to hear on June 1 when students and coaches might be able to come back to campus for extracurricular activities.

The school will receive $873,000 through the CARES Act. This money can be spent for food security, direct student support, continuous learning opportunities and technology, and systemic procedures.

The board approved the sale of up to $1.5 million in bonds for construction projects. This will include HVAC system replacement at Magnolia High School as part of a partnership project with the state.

In other business, the board:

-- Elected the following officers: Mike Waters, president; William Watson, vice president; and Steven Souter, secretary.

-- Approved continuing the food service contract with K-12 Culinary.

-- Approved meal price increases for the 2020-21 school year. New prices will be:


Reduced, 30 cents.

PreK – 5th Student, $1.85

6th – 12th Student, $2.10

Adults, $2.85

Extra Juice, 75 cents

Extra Milk, 90 cents


Reduced. 40 cents

PreK – 5th Student, $2.25

6th – 12th Student, $2.60

Adults -- $3.85

Extra Juice, 75 cents

Extra Milk, 90 cents

-- Summer hours for offices will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. These hours will be in effect June 1 - July 31.

-- Approved a resolution which says all employees are being paid through this shut down. This was primarily for the auditor.

-- Approved continuing student insurance with Dwight Jones Agency at a yearly premium of $22,500.

-- Agreed to sell 12 used buses through an online auction.

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