The board meeting Monday night was moved from the district’s headquarters in the City Building to a larger space at Middletown High School in anticipation of the crowd. About 50 people, mostly parents of students in the district attended, and only a few wore masks.
Meanwhile, four of the five board members (board member Michelle Novak was absent), Treasurer Randy Bertram, Styles, and the two guest presenters, Middletown Health Commissioner Jackie Phillips and Dr. Roberto Colon, vice president of quality and safety at Premier Health System, wore masks throughout the 2-1/2-hour meeting.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting, Mike Conner said he wasn’t against anyone wearing a mask, but he feels it’s not the district’s right to tell parents how to raise their children.
“I’m for choice,” he said. “It has to fall to parents. Where does it stop? We can’t allow this to happen.”
Phillips said the number of positive COVID cases has steadily increased in Middletown since early July, going from one case to 323 by Monday.
“COVID is real,” she said.
Dr. Colon said in the last six weeks, Miami Valley Hospital has gone from designating one wing on one floor for COVID patients to three floors.
“The delta variant is no joke,” he said adding masks “do work and are safe.”