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Mount Ida School Board approves state mandated vaccine incentive

Mount Ida School District employees have an added monetary incentive to get their COVID-19 vaccine thanks to a state mandated vaccine pay plan approved by the school board.
Monday night board members approved a $200 incentive plan for all certified, classified and contracted employees of the district. The $200 is available to all mentioned employees who have taken a COVID-19 vaccine by September 1.
Superintendent Mike White stated that this is part of an incentive plan passed down from Governor Asa Hutchinson. Recent reports by Arkansas Health Director José Romero have stated that at most 45 percent of Arkansas teachers have been vaccinated. The incentive hopes to increase vaccinations by the beginning of the upcoming school year.
The board also approved a change to the Chromebook policy to allow students to take a Chromebook home with them.
The board approved the transfer of two students to Ouachita River School District.
The board approved the Elementary and High School Improvement Plans.
The board approved additions and revisions to the School Board Policy for the 2021-22 year.
The board approved the 2021-22 Teacher Handbook, High School Student Handbook and the Elementary Student Handbook.

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