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Back to school

County commissioners say goals for 2021 is to get kids back in school

COLUMBUS—Polk County Commissioners all seem to agree that their first goal of 2021 is to get all students back in school five days a week. 

The board met Monday night and discussed goals for 2021 and they all said their first goal is to get students back in school. 

County chair Tommy Melton said he asked at the last meeting for commissioners to think about what their number one objective is for the year. 

He said he wants to see every student in school every day. Commissioner Myron Yoder said Superintendent Aaron Greene and the school board has worked their hearts out but asked if we the county is willing to sacrifice the students futures because of Covid-19.

“It’s just, how can we get this done,” Yoder said. “I’m not willing to sacrifice my children’s future.” 

Commissioner vice-chair Paul Beiler echoed Yoder’s comments speaking about sports. He said last year’s sports were cut short and he thinks it’s very important to make things as normal as possible. 

“Students are failing at an alarming rate,” Beiler said. “It affects them.” 

Beiler said as a county he think they can make this upcoming sports season happen and to improve the recreation department. That is his goal. 

Commissioner David Moore said people saw how things can continue with the Tryon and Columbus Christmas parades. He said the county can still have functions and the people can decide if they want to come. 

Commissioner Andre Overholt said at this point football is having a 7-game season starting in February, which will be a chance for students to interact.