The Burton School Board approved delegation of authority and the postponement of its upcoming board election at a teleconference meeting this (Friday) morning.

This meeting of the Burton School Board was not the scene Friday morning, as trustees met via teleconference on Zoom Video Conferencing.

The board approved a resolution giving Superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy authority to manage the COVID-19 emergency and pay employees.  Full details of the delegation of authority will be attached to the minutes of today’s meeting, which will be available at www.burtonisd.net.

The board also postponed the school board election scheduled for May 2nd to November 3rd.  The election ballot will have incumbent Misty Lucherk, Dean Fuchs, Boris Jumper, Sr., Sue Pinkerton, Donna Boehnemann Putnam, and Ricky Ripple vying for three at-large positions on the board.

After action was taken, Superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy provided updates to those participating in the conference call, saying teachers have been working to provide lessons through the options available for remote instruction.  She said the district will be prepared to push out more information to students and parents in case the school closure is extended, but as of right now the district still plans for students to return to classes on April 6th.

Dr. Kennedy also provided an update on the district’s drive-thru meal distribution, which she said has been received very well.  She said currently about 90 to 100 students come to receive meals daily, but she expects those numbers to increase after a recently passed resolution from the Texas Department of Agriculture waived the requirement to have students in a vehicle in order to receive drive-thru meals.  She said the district has also started taking meals out to community members who were unable to come to the drive-thru.

Dr. Kennedy said this is a challenging time, and said the community needs to band together and unite in order to take care of one another.  She said she cannot commend school administrators and staff enough for the work they have done for the district.

Dr. Kennedy added she recently received a personal phone call from State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, who told Dr. Kennedy she is “very appreciative” of what the Burton community is doing for one another during this time.

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