Cut Bank students won’t be returning to the classroom for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The Cut Bank Schools board of trustees unanimously approved the recommendation of Superintendent Wade Johnson to keep the schools closed and continue with the online and distance learning instruction. The board took the action during a special meeting on April 29.
Johnson explained during the meeting that even though Gov. Bullock’s order allows for schools to return to the classroom on May 7, it would be impossible for the district to comply with social distancing requirements.
In other news from last week’s meeting, the board:
•Accepted the resignation of longtime Cut Bank Middle School history teacher and head tennis coach Paul Schilling as well as the resignation of Cut Bank High School business teacher Lexy Fisher, who also resigned her coaching and advisor positions.
In addition to these teaching vacancies, the district is advertising for an elementary school counselor and teacher for one of the Hutterite Colonies.
•Approved the purchase of a new route bus for $103,750, which includes $8,000 for trade-in of the old bus. The route bus has approximately 150,000 miles on it. The new bus will be purchased with money from the district’s Bus Depreciation Fund.