UP school board concerned about participation

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The Union Parish School Board met Monday for its regular session and discussed several important topics as 2020 is coming to a close.

The board voted to adopt a resolution to sell Tract 3 section of Rocky Branch School property containing 0.368 acres of land beside the Rocky Branch Cemetery to Rocky Branch Cemetery, Inc., Beth Green for $1,200. It also authorized President Shannon Barkley to execute a Deed Without Warranty and any other documents that may be necessary for the purpose of the transfer.

During the Superintendent’s report, Kristy Fine, reported that there have been some positive COVID cases reported in the last month. However, with contact tracing and quarantine, they have been successful in limiting contact.

Fine also continued to express concern about the number of students who are not participating in learning in any way. “We have made a push to get those not participating involved. The largest number of these students is at the high school level,” said Fine.

Fine stated that there were about 200 students between thejunior high and high school who are receiving repetitive zeros due to non-participation in school. Principal Rebecca Andrews stated that there has been a large effort to contact these students and parents. “We have been knocking on a lot of doors especially in Spearsville, Rocky Branch and Marion,” saidAndrews. “We want parents to know that we are willing to work with them. We know this is a lot for working parents to keep up with.”

Fine and Andrews commended students who have been working hard and also the teachers who have put so much effort into both hybrid and virtual lessons.

The next regular school board meeting is January 11 at 6:00 p.m.