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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Marion County School Board one of few nationally that kept all schools operational during pandemic

Marion County School Board officials praised the county’s efforts to keep all schools open during the 2020-2021 school year.

School board members discussed the success of the recent school year during their June 8 regular meeting.

“A lot was required and asked of each and every one of our students and staff. And you guys delivered. And now that we are on the other side of it, we couldn’t have done any of this without you and your dedication,” said Vice-Chair Kelly King.

Eric Cummings, who represents District 3, echoed King’s sentiments.

“This year was a challenge and continues to be a challenge. We were able to navigate through it and we’re still getting through it,” said Cummings.

Chair Nancy Thrower was adamant that Marion County Public Schools set the standard in the state and nation for what was possible through the pandemic.

“Folks were almost taking bets on how many days it was going to take before a school had to fully shut down at the beginning of the year,” said Thrower, explaining that the county’s schools were some of the few that not only remained open the entire school year, but opened on time.

“We were one of the few states that even attempted to open. We were one of the few counties that opened pretty much on time,” said Thrower.

She explained that through struggles and shutdowns, the county persevered.

“Yes we had our quarantines. Yes we had our classroom shutdowns. But we did not have one school go offline. So if anyone wants to know what we accomplished this year, I think that pretty much rises to the top,” said Thrower.