Mayfield Independent School Board members approved an update to the district’s 2021-22 COVID-19 plan at their regular monthly meeting Monday.

The update states that if the county’s average daily incident rate remains at or below 20% for 14 consecutive days, masks would be recommended but not required in district school buildings and facilities. The only mask requirement would be on buses, which is a federal mandate.

Monday’s state COVID-19 incident rate map showed Graves County at 19.6, which was second lowest in the Jackson Purchase region. McCracken County was 17.5. The areas west of Livingston, Marshall and Calloway counties were all under 25 average daily cases per 100,000 population for the previous seven days.

Information will be delivered to district households to inform them should the mask mandate plan shift to the recommended wearing rather than the mandatory plan.

Kim Reed, the director of district wide programs, reviewed MISD’s School Report Card data and noted the district’s high participation rate, which included 100% of third and fourth graders at Mayfield Elementary School, despite COVID. The state average was 88.9. Mayfield Middle and High schools were both above the state average.

For MES, students performed above the state average in proficient/distinguished in reading, math and science. At MMS, students were at or above state averages in several areas including writing on demand with a 60.6 over the state average of 50.9. That was similar to MHS whose writing on demand was 71.8 with the state high school average of 57.2.

Mayfield High was also above the state average in four-year graduation rates.

Lorena Godinez, the foreign language teacher at Mayfield High School, and members of the Foreign Language Club shared a presentation with the board about the Oct. 9 Hispanic Heritage Month Festival, which showcased art, dance, music and cuisine from numerous Latin counties such as Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Honduras.

Students shared how excited they were to celebrate their heritage and cultures. Godinez told the board they hope to continue to expand the festival to make it another tradition at MHS.

The board also:

  • Heard a report from Mayfield School/Home/Community Liaison Derrick Parrott on his work with Mayfield High and Middle school students and issues he is addressing.
  • Approved a one-time payment for 2021 of 1% base salary for faculty and staff with a minimum of $200.
  • Approved an English Language instructional assistant based on increase numbers at MHS.
  • Entered into an owner/architect agreement with CMS Architects for MHS athletic facilities work.
  • Accepted a proposal to resurface and repair MHS tennis courts through Tennis Technology at a cost of $36,581. The timing on the project is unknown.
  • Agreed to the 2021 Kentucky School Board Association winter conference in Louisville from Dec. 4-5.
  • Accepted consent agenda items of Sept. 20 meeting minutes, 2022-23 calendar committee, a non-resident contract with Fulton County school district, and an athletic trip for the Mayfield High School baseball team to Panama City, Florida for April 3-9, 2022.

Accepted the treasurer’s report, bill and salary payments, personnel report, and review of the superintendent’s credit card statement.