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McCracken School Board to Livestream Meetings
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - In response to social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the McCracken County Board of Education will join other governing bodies and livestream future meetings.

At their meeting Wednesday morning, board members approved temporary changes to their public meeting procedures. Rather than opening meetings to the public physically, meetings will be open to the public via video teleconference and/or livestream. The Kentucky School Boards Association drafted the resolution, and the Kentucky Attorney General approved it in an opinion issued March 18. The amended meeting protocols will be in effect until the conclusion of the state of emergency.

Board members also set graduation for the MCHS Class of 2020 for May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Marquette Stadium. The graduation date is contingent on current restrictions on social gathering being lifted by that time.

The Board also accepted $1.96 million in grant funding for 21st Century programs. Hendron Lone Oak Elementary, Reidland Intermediate, and McCracken County High School will each receive $490,000 over the next five years to continue their 21st Century programs. Heath Elementary will also receive $490,000 over the same time period to restart its 21st Century program, which ran originally from 2013 to 2018. 21st Century provides academic, artistic and cultural enrichment for kids, targeting those who wouldn't otherwise have access to such programs, or who are struggling in school. It's entirely free for families, and includes before and after school tutoring, engaging clubs and activities, and an extra meal every day programming is in session.

Published 12:04 PM, Wednesday Mar. 25, 2020
Updated 12:10 PM, Wednesday Mar. 25, 2020

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