In addition to last night’s regular meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, an emergency meeting was also held. The meeting was required in order for the board to pass a resolution giving Superintendent Jay McWilliams authorization to make emergency modifications to local district policies as needed. This included closure of schools, provisions of alternate methods of instruction, expenditures of public funds arising from the Governor declared state of disaster, and to mitigate public health risks during the COVID-19 world wide pandemic.
McWilliams advised that, at some point, teachers may be required to work from home, but they would still need to be accessible to their principal as needed. The resolution will ensure that contract and auxiliary employees will continue to be paid.
"We don't want people to lose income because of a disaster or emergency that we're dealing with now. We want to treat our employees professionally and, also, have a sense of caring for what they're going through as well," said McWilliams.
According to McWilliams, the school closure will not affect funding that is received by the state.