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MHLT school board approves emergency pay

Hourly employees to be paid through at least April 19

April 17, 2020 by Brian Jopek

Meeting in open session for about five minutes last week, the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Board of Education approved the payment of its hourly employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The meeting was held in MHLT’s multi-purpose room, with those physically in attendance at tables individually and several feet apart. 

Chairs for the audience, which numbered one person, were also set up several feet from each other. 

Only one of the five school board members, board president Mary Whitman, physically attended the meeting. 

The other four board members attended via video linkup. 

Whitman read the verbiage for a motion to approve payment of the district’s hourly employees essentially retroactive to March 16, when public school closures across the state were directed by Wisconsin governor Tony Evers, and continue to pay them through April 19. 

“Or until the emergency closure is lifted, whichever is sooner,” she said. 

Once Whitman got a motion and a second, the roll call vote conducted was unanimous. 

Also approved was a motion to table hiring of track coaches at this time. 

In his very brief report, district administrator Jim Ellis said he was “very proud of the way the staff is working as we go through this COVID-19.”

“Things change daily,” he said. “It’s unchartered territory, but we will definitely move ahead.”

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]

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