The Scott County Board of Education convened on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The board first shared its vision statement: “We exist to ensure the best education for every student in Scott County Schools and to create a collaborative culture to ensure student learning.” After approval of the agenda, hearing the financial statement and approval of current bills the board welcomed special guests.
Representatives from the Commonwealth Office of Technology shared information about a program which provides computers and other technology to students. Working closely with Superintendent Patricia Putty and Chief Systems Engineer Sheila Setser, the Commonwealth Office of Technology has donated 505 desktop computers, 100 laptops and 585 monitors to Scott County Schools. Superintendent Putty presented a plaque of recognition, shared stories about the difference the donated computers have made for students and expressed gratitude to Joyce Brewer, David Fallis and representatives of the Commonwealth Office of Technology for their partnership with Scott County Schools.
Representatives from Hong Kong thanked Scott County Schools for providing an authentic environment for students to learn English and educators to share best practices during this long-standing cultural exchange.
In other business, the Scott County Board of Education reviewed consent items by category engaging in questions and thorough discussion of the items related to donations, common carriers and items for surplus. The board approved the Cardinals Hustle Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk to benefit the backpack program which provides healthy food for students in grades 9-12.
Other topics of discussion include a first reading of board policies, approval of board in-service hours, approval of an easement along Long Lick at the Scott County High School Farm and approval of a lighting upgrade project as an energy saving initiative.
During the February meeting the board also approved bids/contracts for Phase II of Lemons Mill Elementary School. Phase I is scheduled to open in August 2013. We are currently working to develop recommendations for boundary lines for Lemons Mill Elementary School which will be available for public review prior to action taken by the Scott County Board of Education.