The Kiel School Board voted to continue requiring face masks to be worn on school grounds and in classrooms during the April 21 School Board meeting.

During the community feedback segment of the board meeting, a parent spoke to the board about discontinuing the face mask. Administrator Dr. Brad Ebert reported to the board that he had received nine emails from parents and five emails from students asking to do away with masks and the School Board received a letter asking to end the mask mandate. After much discussion among the board members, it was decided that with the success of having in-school learning happening the whole school year, they did not want to jeopardize any graduation ceremonies by discontinuing the mask requirement and having a COVID-19 outbreak at the end of the school year. The board will re-consider the mask requirements for summer school and Full Circle Care at the June 2 board meeting.

The Performing Arts Center Grand Opening will be held May 1 and May 2 with a concert at 2 p.m. each day. The concert will feature Kiel students, Kiel graduates and other performances. There will be free food served at noon in the PAC parking lot and raffle baskets will be in the lobby area. Community members are able to tour the PAC prior to the 2 p.m. performance, which requires a ticket to attend. Attendance is limited to 180 people each day. Masks will be required.

Dr. Ebert and Charles Achter presented a creative potential staffing plan for the 2021-’22 school year to the board. With staff retirements, staff resignations and low student enrollment, they presented ways to fill the open positions and not have to cut out any offerings to students. “We need to shift our mindset from reducing to building on the back side on what we need,” Dr. Ebert stated. The staffing plan was scheduled to be discussed during a closed executive session following the open meeting.

A digital piano and bench were donated to the Green Room in the new Performing Arts Center by Mike and Kathy Pritzel.

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