Montgomery’s COVID cases down

MONTGOMERY–The number of COVID-19 cases have gone down in the Montgomery Area School District, District Superintendent Daphne Bowers reported to the district’s board at their meeting.

“Just to give an update on our positivity numbers for COVID, our numbers are coming down,” Bowers said.

“Right now we have two positive students and four positive staff. That’s low. That’s the lowest we’ve seen in a few weeks. I’m very excited about it,” Bowers said.

She noted that there are currently 42 students and five staff members quarantined. Positive cases for the year were 38 students and 11 staff for a total of 49 cases for the 2021-22 school year.

In other business, the board approved the following coaches for basketball along with their stipends, if applicable: Royden Parrish, Jr. head varsity coach, $4,650; Marc Hauck, assistant varsity coach, $2,900; Joe Stover, junior high coach, $2,300; Rivers Parrish, junior high coach, $2,050; and Hugh Umpstead, Cameron St. James, Christian Diggs, Reid Parrish, Reese Watkins and Justin Metzger, assistant volunteer coaches.

Tim Persing was approved as head varsity baseball for the 2021-22 school year at a salary of $3,600.

They also approved Patricia Feigles as a bus aide and accepted the retirement resignation of July Kulka as elementary secretary, effective Jan. 23, 2022.

Two requests for facility usage forms were approved. They are:

• Montgomery elementary boys’ basketball program to use the high school gym Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Nov. 21 through Mar 1, 2022 from 3 to 5 p.m.

• Montgomery Wrestling Association to use the Wrestling Room starting Nov. 8 through April 29, 2022.

The district’s Request for Proposals from architects for a district-wide facility study was approved by the board after it was corrected to change the date for questions to Nov. 10 with a presentation before the board with the information in their proposals on Nov. 16, 2021.

An estimate from Herman H. Braim Jr., in the amount of $4,913 for the refrigeration unit in the Seasons, was given the okay by the board.

At the end of the meeting, two people from the community commented in opposition to students wearing masks in school.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the district board room.


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