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Linden schools prepare for upcoming school year

During a Linden Board of Education meeting on Thursday, June 25, Superintendent Dr. Timothy Thurman discussed preparations for the fall school year.

The school system has purchased cleaning supplies for janitors for cleaning the school buildings. The school buildings are currently receiving their usual summer cleaning and will receive professional cleaning from ServPro afterward. The school system has also ordered no-contact thermometers, additional hand sanitizer for school nurses, and hand sanitizer dispensers. There will be 10 dispensers in each building, including one outside to use before entering.

Thurman has ordered 1,000 face shields for students and teachers in the school district. Wearing the face shields has not been mandated yet, but the Board will decide at the next meeting if they will make the shields mandatory. Face shields for the football team were ordered on June 25.

Breakfasts and lunches will be brought to the schools by bus to avoid having students crowded together in the cafeterias.

Other items approved at the meeting include:

The board approved the financial statements for April 2020 and May 2020, and all bank accounts have been reconciled.

The board approved the Milk Bid Renewal Contract between Borden Dairy and the school system.

The board approved the 2020-2021 textbook committee as follows: Linden High School: Principal, Mrs. Dawn Aydelott, Mrs. Marnise Stevenson; G.P. Austin Middle School: Principal, Mrs. Gwen Rogers, Ms. Sarah Blackmon, Ms. Meredith Gant; Linden Elementary School: Dr. Timothy Thurman, Mrs. Laquanda Brown, Mrs. Dawn Sheffield.

The Board approved the following hiring’s: Caterius Hinton at LHS, Melissa Charlie at LES, Edwina Smith at LES, LaPorcia Mitchell at LES, Shelia Adams at LES, Devante Giles at G.P. Austin Middle School, Cynthia Partridge at G.P. Austin Middle School, Rebecca Jackson at G.P. Austin Middle School, and Latoya Rogers at LHS.