“Of course, the caveat to this decision is that if there is an outbreak of any kind in the schools, we can always look at returning to masking, if the situation warrants it,” he added.
When Inskeep recommended the mask mandate in late August, he said the district had seen an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, requiring nearly 60 students and staff to be quarantined.
Inskeep said he met with the school district’s pandemic response team last week, when district data showed a total of six students and staff were quarantined.
Inskeep initially said the district would start the school year with masks optional. When he announced the switch, Inskeep said it would be reviewed six weeks after vaccines were available for younger students.
The board Tuesday night also voted to hire Cary Furniss as its first full-time treasurer/CFO in seven years. He currently works in that role for Kings Local Schools in Warren County.
Furniss, who will start Jan. 3, was awarded a five-contract with a starting annual salary of $172,000, Inskeep said.
Others who interviewed were Jayme Profitt, assistant treasurer for Beavercreek City Schools, and Gina Samson of the Shared Resource Center in Dayton, officials said.
The district has contracted out its treasurer role to the Shared Resource Center since 2014. Dan Schall has been the SRC’s primary representative serving Kettering schools in that time.
Samson has worked in the treasurer’s role for the district the past few months, but she told this news outlet earlier she was not being offered the position. She has also provided similar services for Oakwood schools.