HARRODSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – A divided Mercer County Board of Education voted Thursday to follow the governor’s recommendation and delay in-person instruction until September 28, according to a report in The Harrodsburg Herald.
Superintendent Dennis Davis had to cast the tie-breaking vote after the four-member board was split 2-2, according to the newspaper report.
“If the virus wasn’t spiking, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Davis told the board. “It will be impossible to know if we overreacted,” Davis said. “It will be quite apparent if we under-reacted,” Davis was quoted in the newspaper report.
Before the board voted, members repeatedly asked about internet service since there are many spots in the county that don’t have reliable service, according to the report.
Superintendent Davis said the district would continue using hotspots that were set up in the spring and that there’s been discussion of setting up hotspots on buses, which are used to distribute food. Children picking up food would be able to download their lessons online and submit their work the following day, according to The Harrodsburg Herald.
The school system said parents would be contacted beginning Friday, August 14, on how to get Chromebooks for their students along with other information.
The school district said classes would begin online only on Thursday, September 3, 2020.