While Arab City Schools have been tentatively planning the first day of the new school year as Aug. 10, more will be known for sure tomorrow (Friday) when State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is expected to release new information to school systems across the state.

Arab City Schools Superintendent Dr. Johnny Berry told the Arab Board of Education last week that he would actually be learning more during the School Superintendents’ Annual Summer Conference at Point Clear this week.

“He’ll roll it out to us earlier in the week and, hopefully, give everybody a little bit of an update on what the plan is Thursday (today),” Berry said. “He’s waiting on some information from the Department of Public Health and I understand that. He’s being very cautious, and we don’t want to put something out that would cause us to have to backtrack, change dates and those kinds of things.”

In the meantime, the board approved a budget amendment to include some $300,000 in CARES Act funds the district received for additional expenses related to the COVID 10 crisis such as Personal Protective Equipment, Plexiglass for office area dividers and technology.

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