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Lubbock ISD Trustees to consider granting superintendent extensive authority in emergency meeting

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD's Board of Trustees will decide whether to grant Superintendent Kathy Rollo extensive powers to modify school policy in an emergency meeting Tuesday evening, including the decision to close schools, provide for distance learning, and paid leave to exempt or non-exempt employees.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. The resolution to be considered does not explicitly order schools to close or alter policies, instead deferring all decisions to the superintendent.

In the resolution, trustees note COVID-19 is spreading in the state and "its presence in the Lubbock ISD community cannot currently be ascertained." The resolution notes the trustees want to delegate all authority to Superintendent Rollo to make decisions that best position the district "to resume its normal operations with its students, parents, and staff as soon as it is safe to do so."

Trustees find spending the district's tax dollars on additional employee paid leave for stopping the spread of COVID-19 to be a reasonable expense, citing it would prevent an imminent threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and their families, as well as noting the district will retain control over how the money is spent.

The resolution notes the Board of Trustees trusts Rollo to "take any and all action necessary to carry out the wishes of the Board." The emergency powers are set to expire 45 days after it's passed.


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