MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — School Superintendent Joshua Smith reported on a smooth opening and updated Region 15 Board of Education members of progress on summer work during the board’s meeting of Monday, September 12.

The board also discussed and approved a revised rate for substitute teachers and adopted several policy updates.

During Mr. Smith’s update on school opening and the summer projects, he focused briefly on the status of the visitor bleachers at the Pomperaug High School fields. The bleachers had not been inspected for a decade until recently, and when they inspected, they were deemed unsafe, he said.

The district developed a short term solution in May with the order of a set of bleachers to be placed on a concrete pad. With delivery delays, the set is expected to be delivered on or around September 26, he said.

The building at the field also needs to be torn down. Long-term solutions to the situation could cost $250,000 to $300,000.

Later during the meeting, under public participation, the president of the Pomperaug football parents association thanked the board and district for its temporary solution to the situation with the visitors bleachers. She noted that games are well attended and it was important to provide some type of seating for visitors. She said she looked forward to working with the district to develop a more permanent solution.

Later, the board approved a long list of policy updates, specifically those in the 3000 line for business and non-instructional operations, the 4000 line for personnel and policy #5141.213, an opioid overdoes prevention policy regarding the administration of Naloxone.

It also approved a new set of rates for substitutes, with the rate for building subs retroactive to the start of the school year. Other rates were effective September 13, 2022.

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