The work the Vinton County Local Schools staff members did during the COVID-19-dominated 2020-21 school year did not go unnoticed by the man at the top.

Superintendent Rick Brooks told the Board of Education members at their meeting on Monday evening, Aug. 16, that extra tasks were taken on from all positions and constituted a “Vinton County success story.” He stated all this work was much appreciated.

“Our teachers shifted between online and traditional learning options,” said Brooks. “Our janitorial staff did extra cleaning, our counselors reached out to students to keep them as part of the Vinton County Local School's family. Our cooks prepared two meals a day and prepared food to go out.” He noted there were plenty of volunteers to hand out food and deliver it to more remote locales, such as Wilkesville and Zaleski. He also noted that there were staff members who delivered Chrome Books to students' homes. He also credited the high school and middle school athletic departments for constantly rearranging schedules, maintaining limited crowd counts when they were in effect and keeping the fields, courts and gyms clean.

“I want everyone to know these tasks were not easy, but the jobs were done,” said Brooks. “We did not do it for any pats on the back, to glorify ourselves or for a newspaper article. We did it for our kids.”

In other news from the Aug. 16 meeting, the Board approved several financial matters. Those were: * Raising the substitute teachers' pay to $100 per day. *Raising the substitute bus drivers' pay to $85 per day and raising the substitute aide, cook, custodian, and secretary pay to $11 per hour. The Board also increased the pay for the following positions: Site Coordinator ($24 an hour), Certified Teacher ($22 an hour), Certified Tutor ($17 an hour), Non-Certified Teacher ($14 an hour), and Non-Certified Aide ($11 an hour).

The next meeting of the Vinton County Local Schools Board of Education will be held on Monday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office in McArthur.