$10 million resolution authorized
In their regularly scheduled meeting on June 3, the Osceola School board approved the $10 million loan that was part of this spring’s referendum vote. The money will be used for faculty needs at the high school, middle school and intermediate school and will focus on improving safety, security and energy efficiency at each school.
The board was excited to announce they had locked in an interested rate of 1.4 percent, when previous estimates were hovering around the three percent range. The board also unanimously approved an investment proceeds management plan in conjunction with the $10 million.
Schools wrap up distance learning
District administrators updated the board on the end of distance learning for the 2019-20 school year. High School principal Adam Spiegel said the learning curve was steep but that school staff and students did the best they could.
“There was definitely some challenges we had to overcome with getting kids engaged online,” he said. “ We saw kids who never struggled in person struggle online and we saw some kids that struggled in person do great online.”
Feedback from parents showed a positive reaction to distance learning. District staff is using what they learned this spring and the feedback from families to design a plan for the fall, should the district still be operating remotely.
“We also have a lot of areas to grow,” Spiegel said. “We have a team of people here at the high school that are going to take a look at how we can fine tune the process in the event we are not in person in the fall or if we would have an extended break anytime during the school year.”