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Taylorville schools suspends mask — for now

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

At the meeting, the Board was informed that the Joint Committee on the Administrative Rules (JCAR) had voted against extending the Illinois Department of Public Health emergency ruling on having all personnel and students in schools wear masks.

Following the JCAr decision, Taylorville schools will no longer require masks — for now. The situation is still fluid, with the Governor still attempting to overturn the ruling to suspend masks in schools.

The district has also been looking for a new architect for a few months. The Board has reviewed eight firms, interviewed four of them, and finally come to a decision. The Board has settled for the Architectonics Firm (Architects and

Engineers from Quincy) as the architect for the district.

It was also brought to the Board’s attention that the cost of student meals would be increasing effective that night. Partially because of issues caused by the supply chain issues, the cost of the Aramark vendor contract has increased. To cover the cost, student meals were increased from $1.8597 to $2.1860 per lunch through the end of the school year.

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