JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – With the COVID-19 virus spiking throughout the county, all Campbell County schools will continue to offer only virtual learning until January, Director of Schools Jennifer Fields told the Campbell County Board of Education on Tuesday night. Students will study lessons within groups and virtual learning, and the transition has gone well, Fields said.
She added that bus drivers are delivering meals to virtual students who qualify every Monday and Wednesday. At the same time, Fields reported that Winter sports such as basketball will continue to be held with strict limitations.
“Spectators will be limited to only players’ family members,” Fields said. “Each athlete, including cheerleaders, will be allowed a total of four tickets to be distributed to their family.”
There will be no student tickets distributed but staff and faculty will be allowed to attend. Masks will be required, there will be temperature checks at the door. If any student athlete tests positive for COVID-19, the game will be cancelled, Fields said.
The board meeting started with a bit of good news, provided by representatives of Trane. Spokesperson Nancy McBee told the board, that as guaranteed by the company, energy savings on the school systems’ heating and air systems installed by Trane are saving the county $486,000 a year. The first phase of the project began in 2012 with HVAC units in all schools, with a second phase in 2018 to convert to LED lighting.
Trane guaranteed a certain level of savings each year to offset the school system’s $5.8 million investment, and to date the county’s savings have exceeded that guaranteed amount by a total of $957,402, McBee said. Through the state’s energy efficient school program, Trane qualified for tax credits and the company presented a rebate check for $30,174 to Campbell County schools.
The rest of the short meeting involved routine business to approve minutes and financial reports, including three budget amendments. One of those amendments transferred $110,600 from the fund balance to purchase new ovens for the two high schools and steamer units for both Jacksboro schools. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/09/2020-6AM)