The Trigg County School Board has voted in favor of a measure that will keep staff, faculty and students at local schools masked when they are indoors.

Board members made the decision during a special-called meeting on Sept. 14, following on the heels of a decision by the Kentucky General Assembly to do away with the mask mandate that had been put in place by Gov. Andy Beshear.

With the school board’s decision, that means that students, faculty and staff at local schools will continue to wear face masks indoors, a decision that is in accordance with guidelines from the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Superintendent Bill Thorpe said the district will continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control on 3 feet of social distancing in classrooms, something it’s done since the start of the school year.

“If they can get 6 feet apart, they can be unmasked,” he added.

Thorpe said officials will keep an eye on the situation surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and revisit the matter if needed.

“If things change, we will have a meeting and do what’s best for students and staff,” he said.

The COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard on the district’s website notes that there are currently six active cases of the virus among staff and 26 active cases among students. Additionally, three staff members and 144 students are quarantined.

During its regular meeting on Sept. 9, the board voted to accept a $10 million grant award from the state that will go toward upgrades at the vocational school.

Also at that meeting, board members voted unanimously to accept Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects of Lexington as architects for the upcoming vocational center project, and they approved a contract with the firm.

District Director of Operations Matt Ladd said work on that project could possibly start in the summer and would take 14 months to complete.

He said the project should be complete for the 2023-2024 school year.

The board also discussed possible adjustments to salaries for school nurses but took no action on that matter during the Sept. 9 board meeting.

Members did approve design development documents for improvements including a multipurpose building and the school athletic programs, with Andrew Owens of Sherman Carter Barnhart noting that those documents would subsequently move forward to the Kentucky Department of Education.

Owens said that project could start early next year.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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