Snow days were probably the last thing any school district needed, especially with the ongoing difficulties presented by the pandemic. However, a Graves County Schools official stated that faculty were not only ready but also handled it exceptionally well.

Superintendent Matthew Madding lauded faculty on Thursday for working hard during non-traditional instruction (NTI) days, which the district implemented on Feb, 10 in response to the hazardous road conditions. Ironically, since the district implemented NTI during the pandemic they were well prepared for last week’s snow.

“Our preference is to have our buildings open for in-person instruction, but these NTI days have worked well,” Madding said on Friday. “The use of NTI days in November and December helped make the transition to NTI smooth for both students and faculty.”

During Thursday’s board of education meeting, Madding said he had sat in on some virtual classes during NTI, and that teachers did some “phenomenal things” to keep students engaged. He made special note of kindergarten teacher Amy Elliot, who managed to do just that while also providing “new instruction” to some of the school system’s youngest students.

He added that he was “pleased with the amount of student participation” in the virtual classroom, as well.

Despite the strides made with NTI over the past several months, Madding hopes to have schools back in classrooms soon, but he noted it depends on road conditions.

The board of education heard and unanimously approved several action items on Thursday’s agenda, including:

  • Approved a one year extension with FNB Bank for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Approved a Request for Qualifications for Agent of Record.
  • Approved Roberts and Roberts, Inc, for student accident insurance, as well as Axis Insurance, for $63,291 for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Reallocated $12,000 in SSR funds to upgrade classroom door locks.
  • Approved the surplus of a 2008 GMC Envoy, and an unused lot with a structure at 100 East Lockridge Street.
  • Approved to bid for a new seven to eight passenger board vehicle.
  • Selected board member Julie Moffitt as the legislative liaison for the district.

The board tabled an action item related to the renewal of an agreement with Duguid, Gentry & Associates, P.S.C.