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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

NLCS Provides Updates to Board of Trustees

BEDFORD, (January 20, 2022) - The North Lawrence Community Schools Board of Trustees

met Thursday night for the first public meeting of 2022. The agenda included a vote to pursue the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) elective course for BNL as well as a number of updates provided by Superintendent Ty Mungle.

The board voted 6-0 to approve Director of Learning, Maggie Dainton’s, proposal to pursue a

partnership with AVID, a program that equips teachers and schools with what they need to help students succeed on a path to college and career success. Dr. Girgis was unable to attend the meeting and did not vote.


Dr. Mungle gave an update on the upcoming Facility Improvement Assessment, alerting the

board that it will be postponed until the fall of 2022 due to low application numbers. As shared in the December board meeting, the goal was to have at least 80 participants. Unfortunately, the number of applications received was less than half of that goal. All individuals that applied were accepted and it is hoped they will still be willing to participate in the fall.

Additionally, in preparation and planning for the 2022-2023 school year, NLCS announced it will provide data at February’s board meeting as a status update on enrollment and resource impact for middle school students. This data requires evaluation by board members before scheduling and resource planning can be completed for the next school year.

NLCS will present the data to teachers and parents of students in the coming weeks through

informational meetings which will allow for further evaluation with the consideration of

stakeholder perspectives. This data is pertinent to NLCS middle school (BMS & OMS) facilities

and students, only. It will not include data for other NLCS facilities.

Lastly, there was an update on the current Covid-19 numbers of staff and students. Dr. Mungle assured the board that NLCS is carefully monitoring the situation daily and continuing to watch the number of positive cases as they fluctuate. It was also noted that by choosing to remain open as opposed to virtual learning, all NLCS students have access to free breakfast and lunch, reliable wifi, faculty, staff, and student services like counseling and healthcare, and a warm, safe environment to learn.


NLCS may need to alter some daily routines as situations arise due to Covid-19, but will

continue to focus on meeting the needs of students during these challenging times. If

circumstances change and it is in the best interest of the students to transition to virtual

learning, NLCS will communicate that to all of those that will be impacted. Additionally, if a

parent feels their child needs to be absent due to Covid-19 or other illness, please communicate with the student’s school.

The next public meeting will be held Tuesday, February 22, at 6:30pm at the NLCS

Administration building.

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