In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on June 5, 2014. This is being forwarded to all employees and parents/community via e-communications. This is merely a summary and not to be perceived as official board minutes.
The Scott County Board of Education participated in a dialogue with Principal Paul Krueger, teachers, and parents from Stamping Ground Elementary School. Principal Krueger reflected on his 10 year tenure at the school applauded the consistent academic performance of students as well as the individualized instruction offered through the Response to Intervention (RtI) program. Stamping Ground has piloted the Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System this year, which will be the evaluation system used for all teachers in 2014-2015. Teachers discussed the new system and how it strengthens quality teaching through self-evaluation. The SBDM parent representative noted the importance of one-on-one relationships offered by the teachers and staff at Stamping Ground.
In other business, members of the board approved maintenance projects which were discussed at its previous meeting. Areas of focus include roof work at several schools and air conditioning for the gymnasium at Scott County Ninth Grade School. Next, members of the architect selection committee shared information gathered through research of the five architectural firms being considered for the construction of a second high school. The new school will be completed through phase construction with phase I opening for 700 students in August 2017. The committee and members of the Scott County Board of Education discussed the importance of information related to previous projects completed by each firm. Working relationships with other school districts, timelines, and fiscal management of previous projects were important topics of discussion.
Superintendent Patricia Putty, board members, and members of the architect selection committee will conduct special-called board meetings next week to make site visits to Martha Lane Collins High School, George Rogers Clark High School, Knox County Central High School, Jackson County High School, and Mt. Healthy High School in Cincinnati. Each of these schools was recently completed by one of the architectural firms under consideration.
The board continued discussion of redistricting board member voting boundaries. Attorney Robert Chenowith discussed the legal implications for a petition filed with the Kentucky Department of Education. Board member voting boundaries should have less than a 10% population discrepancy. Scott County Clerk Rebecca Johnson previously shared information with the board regarding the redrawing of boundary lines to eliminate the current population discrepancy among the five districts. Superintendent Patricia Putty will work with the county clerk to develop a second proposal for board consideration.
In the Superintendent’s Report Mrs. Putty discussed the Class of 2014 Senior Breakfast and the many accomplishments of the graduating class outlined by Principal Frank Howatt. Board Chair Roger Ward opened the meeting celebrating this extensive list of achievements related to academics, attendance, and extra-curricular accomplishments. Superintendent Putty let board members know six new buses were received before highlighting many training opportunities scheduled for the summer.