Virtual learning

At last Tuesday's Roanoke City School Board meeting, Superintendent Chuck Marcum gave some disappointing statistics concerning students on virtual instruction versus those on in class learning.

According to figures released for the first trimester, there were 104 students demonstrating one or more failing grades. The breakdown is as follows: ninth grade - 20, 10th grade - 32, 11th grade - 27 and 12th grade - 25. All total there were 266 total course failures by those 104 students. The numbers for in-class/on-site learning were much better with only 25 students demonstrating one or more failing grades. Those numbers were as follows: ninth grade - six, 10th grade - seven, 11th grade - six and 12th grade - six. There were 40 total course failures by those 25 students.

Superintendent's report

Congratulations to Jesse Baldwin and Emelia Askew for qualifying to compete in the state cross-country meet. They both set personal records at the state meet in Moulton on Nov. 14.

Congratulations to Dylan Brooks for being selected to play in the Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star game on Dec. 12. This game will be held at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Dylan is only the third Handley player ever to be selected to participate in this game. The other two were Chris May (1992) and Lewis Battle (1993).

It was great having Sen. Randy Price visit Roanoke City Schools last Monday. It was his first visit since his bout with COVID. Marcum reported he looks great and it was obvious he was enjoying being out in his district. He presented a check to Handley High School band director Stephanie Daniel to assist the band. Marcum said, We appreciate Sen. Price for his support of RCS and public education."

Marcum congratulated the Handley Tiger Football team on their outstanding season. The Tigers currently have an 11-1 record and will host Bibb County in the third round this coming Friday night. He said, "I commend Coach Strain and his staff for all their work this year on trying to mitigate the impact of COVID on the team, which has been their biggest challenge. "

Covid report

Superintendent Marcum gave an update on COVID-19 in the city school system since the start of the school year. There have been 19 student positives (13 at HHS, two at Handley Middle School and four at Knight-Enloe Elementary School.) There have been 10 staff positives (four at HMS, five at KES and one in the Central Office).

There have been 195 student close contacts (102 at HHS, 46 at HMS and 47 at KES). There have been 24 staff close contacts (three at HHS, 10 at HMS and 11at KES). In addition there have been 25 student with symptoms (six at HHS, nine at HMS and 10 at KES) and eight staff with symptoms (two at HHS, one at HMS and five KES).

Personnel actions

Personnel in Roanoke City Schools' rate of pay will be determined based on the position in which they are working. Non-certified positions will pay $65 per day and certified positions $75 per day. A substitute employee holding a degree from a four-year institution will be paid at the daily rate of pay for a first-year teacher employed in Roanoke City Schools with a bachelor's degree after their 20th consecutive day of substituting for the same teacher.

The board approved maternity leave for Morgan Whaley, HMS special education aide.

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