Meetings are held remotely. To watch live, go to truro-ma.gov and follow the “helpful link” to Truro Channel 18.
Thursday, Aug. 6
- Climate Action Committee, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11
- Council on Aging Board, 10 a.m.
- Select Board, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12
- Commission on Disabilities, 3 p.m.
As of Aug. 3, there were five active cases of Covid-19, 10 cases that are considered recovered, and no deaths.
Phased School Reopening Starts Sept. 17
Truro Central School will reopen on Sept. 17 for remote activities only, followed by a full opening in the school building on Sept. 28, according to Supt. Michael Gradone.
The school committee on Tuesday approved Gradone’s plan, which includes starting school later than usual to allow for additional teacher training and to keep an eye on Covid-19 cases on the Cape, he said.
Teachers this year must have a way to adequately teach remotely, as it’s clear at least some parents will elect to keep students at home. The state is requiring that students who stay at home must learn new material and participate, and they will be graded, Gradone said.
Meanwhile, he said, in-school learning must take place with social distancing and other precautions.
School Principal Resigns
Truro Central School Principal Robert Beaudet decided to retire because of the pandemic, Gradone told the Independent Monday. Beaudet replaced long-time principal Brian Davis in 2014.
Gradone hired Stephanie Costigan, the school’s director of student services, to serve as acting assistant supt. and principal for the coming year.
Gradone will also be adding three separate part-time positions. One person will pull together team meetings for students on individual education plans one day a week year-round. Two other positions will begin this summer, with someone to oversee distance learning and another to prepare the school building for social distancing. These two jobs will be 20 hours a week and will last at least to the beginning of school.
Planner Makes Other Plans
Jeff Ribeiro, the town planner for less than year, has left town hall to return to the Cape Cod Commission, where he was on the planning staff until 2018.
Truro has now had eight town planners in four years. Ribeiro worked for the Cape Cod Commission, then became Provincetown’s planner in March 2018. In October 2019 he moved to Truro Town Hall.
He started up again as a regulatory planner on July 23 at the Cape Cod Commission, the regional planning agency, he said. Barbara Huggins Carboni of KP Law will be advising the regulatory agencies in Truro for now.
The Truro position is now being advertised again, at 35 hours a week. —K.C. Myers