WISE – The Wise County School Board will be holding a public hearing on November 29 on a school renovation plan.
The hearing, at 6 p.m. at the Education Center on Lake Street, will allow the public to comment on the division’s plans to cover a range of school changes in the wake of the pandemic. Superintendent Greg Mullins said the spending plan under the state’s public-private education facilities and infrastructure act would cover HVAC system upgrades and lavatory expansion at several schools in the county. .
Mullins also looked at the school system’s COVID-19 vaccination situation, telling board members that a recent federal appeals court over the Biden administration’s plans to mandate workplace vaccinations means “a lot of things are happening and swirling around”.
The Virginia School Boards Association is developing policies for school divisions in the event the workplace vaccination mandate is lifted, Mullins said.
With Pfizer’s two-shot vaccines now approved for children ages 5 to 11, Mullins said immunization clinics would start this week in elementary, elementary and middle schools across the county. Clinics were held at Union primary and middle schools on Monday, he said, and clinics will be held at JW Adams Combined, Wise Primary and LF Addington Middle high schools on Friday. Another series of clinics will be held on November 19 at Coeburn, Coeburn Middle and St. Paul Elementary schools.
Mullins said parents of students in schools with scheduled immunization clinics can contact their school for more information.
In other cases, the school board has recognized Ethan Rose, a student at Eastside High School, for undertaking the renovation of the school’s stadium press box for his Eagle Scout service project. Rose organized the repackaging inside the structure with new floor and wall coverings and repainted the box from her old Coeburn High Blue Knights colors to Eastside Spartans colors.