Schools consider plans for graduation

Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Livingston School District Board, Park High School co-principal Lynne Scalia said she’s confident Park High will have some kind of graduation ceremony.

Scalia said she’s working with parents, staff and students to figure out a solution that honors graduates while keeping everyone safe. 

There are many options on the table, Scalia said, including a “reverse parade” in which graduates remain in place while parents and other well-wishers circle them.

“We’re excited. We think we’re going to pull this off,” Scalia said.

Superintendent Don Viegut also discussed grading for this school year. He said the district’s attitude toward grading right now is “Do no harm,” and all five schools have grading plans in place that he is satisfied with.

The board discussed ways the district might be able to bring back programs such as LINKS during the summer with proper sanitation and distancing in place. Viegut said a potential vote to bring back some programs earlier than scheduled could be held in a few weeks if it seems feasible to bring some programs back.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to add $85,000 to the elementary district’s retirement fund and $10,000 to the high school district’s retirement fund. A budget amendment to make those additions official is scheduled to be voted on June 9. District business manager Ellen Conley said there were more retirements than expected this year.

The board renewed the multidistrict agreement between the elementary and high school districts by a unanimous vote.

Board members Dan Vermillion, Carol Goosey and Druska Kinkie, who retained their seats after the May election was canceled and no one ran against them, were re-sworn in. 

Ellen Conley was sworn in as district clerk. Ted Madden and Tom Shellenberg remained chair and vice-chair, respectively.

The board voted 8-1, with Dann Babcox against, to continue emergency policies enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic through June 30.

In a unanimous vote, the board approved a soccer co-op with Big Timber, which will start either this upcoming school year or the next school year, and include both the boys and girls teams.

The board unanimously approved a math textbook purchase for Park High.