One day after shuttering the doors of Kossuth High School and sending almost 400 students home for virtual learning, the Alcorn School District reported another spike in their COVID-19 caseload.

Tuesday’s districtwide active coronavirus case count increased to 47 students and 28 employees. On Monday, Superintendent Bill Brand said the day’s total was the highest number ever reported in a single day at 19 new positive cases confirmed.

“It seems like we will have spike on one side of the county at a time,” Brand told Board of Education members.

The entire campus of Alcorn Central was sent to distance learn from home leading up to Thanksgiving break last month.

KHS is the only school currently shut down to students.

Class continues for all district students through Friday when a two-week Christmas break begins.

In other county school news, Brand said the steel frame has been completed on the future physical education building on the Biggersville campus. Both the elementary and high schools will share the building when it opens for use in March.

The board approved the architect contract for Shafer, Zahner and Zahner for work to begin on the Kossuth band hall renovation and the Alcorn Central baseball and softball field upgrade.

All three projects will be funded by a limited-tax note also approved on Monday after no public petitions were received on the resolution.

The board also accepted three donations including $500 from the University of Southern Mississippi, $2,000 from Modern Woodman of America and $33,000 from Toyota.

The next meeting is slated for Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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