The 2019-20 school year in Grandview Heights virtually is over, with students' last day of remote learning set Thursday, May 21.
District officials already are beginning to plan for the return -- virtually or otherwise -- of classes in the fall.
Superintendent Andy Culp and school board members discussed at the May 13 meeting how that planning will proceed.
The administration will present a document outlining some initial ideas for how school may operate under three potential scenarios at a special board work session to be held in early June, Culp said.
A committee that includes, among others, state education leaders, members of education associations, teachers, school counselors, school nurses, union representatives and representatives of the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health is developing a framework for what school might look like in the fall, he said.
That framework is expected to be forwarded to school districts by the end of May, Culp said.
"They will be providing a framework, but at the end of the day, it will be a local board decision" as to how schools in each individual community will operate, he said.
Grandview and other districts likely will choose from among three general options, Culp said.
A district could opt to go back to a traditional school experience in the classroom; maintain virtual learning and keep students at home; or develop a hybrid format that would include a combination of in-person and remote learning, he said.
"We're going to have to be flexible, given that this is a very fluid situation," Culp said. "I would caution the board and any organization of getting ahead of recommendations and mandates from our governor and state board of health."
The initial options that will be presented to the board in early June would be subject to revision as conditions and guidelines potentially change over the coming months, he said.
It's important for some preliminary plans to at least be drafted sooner rather than later, even with the fluidity of the situation, board member Molly Wassmuth said.
One of her concerns is how to make sure students are able to return to "back-to-school mode" after being out of the traditional classroom for so long, she said.
Grandview's teachers and administrators did a great job in developing on the fly the digital-learning model that took students through the last two months of the school year, board member Emily Gephart said.
If remote learning continues next school year, even as part of a hybrid model, it may take the entire summer to consider and implement any changes to make that work long-term for students, she said.
Nationwide, schools have been "treading water" to some extent as they put together virtual-learning models to head toward the end of the current school year, board President Jesse Truett said.
"There needs to be some standard across the district," he said. "It doesn't make sense to me that a third-grade classroom meets an hour each day and a second-grade classroom meets for a half hour once a week. There has to be a standard and a schedule. The expectations are different come fall.
"This is a board that doesn't want to get in the weeds and get in (teachers and the administration's) way, but we do want to know what's going on," Truett said.
"It's our goal to exceed not only parents' and families' expectations, but the (school) board's, as well," Culp said.
Before the end of May, the district will provide information regarding summer learning, he said.
A website is being created to include resources and information for families and from WOSU and the Grandview Heights Public Library, which are expected to serve as partners with the schools, Culp said.
Students will keep the electronic devices -- laptop and tablet computers -- over the summer that they took home with them when the school buildings closed in March, he said.
The summer Kids' Club program will not be offered this year, and the board approved a resolution approving the cancellation of the 2020 summer program and furloughing the 14 employees who operate it.
The board also approved new contracts for several administrators, including:
* Grandview Heights High School principal Rob Brown, three years, at a salary of $115,231.
* Chief technology officer Chris Deis, three years, at a salary of $115,932.
* Chief academic officer Jamie Lusher, three years, at a salary of $134,481.
* Food-services director Kyle Mahan, two years, at a salary of $55,520.
* EMIS coordinator Jamie McClary, three years, at a salary of $57,896.
* Systems administrator Matt Mowry, three years, at a salary of $73,160.
Each salary represents a 2.2% increase, the same as teachers will receive for the 2020-21 school year as part of the three-year contract ratified in May 2019.
The board also approved 2.2% salary increases effective Aug. 1 for athletics director Brad Bertani; director of district services Brett Bradley; human-resources manager Kirsten Carroll; assistant treasurer Jenni Clifton; Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School assistant principal Shawn Hinkle; director of student services Madeline Partlow; and Stevenson Elementary School principal Angie Ullum.
The board pays the administrators' share of medical-insurance premiums, dental coverage and life-insurance fringe benefits and covers the cost of the employees' contributions to the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.