In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on April 23, 2015. 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 April 23, 2015 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education was convened at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized Elkhorn Crossing Students Kyle Jackson and Darius Mack. The two share an interest in meteorology and have developed a local weather blog for Scott County. Jackson and Mack are seniors in the Media Arts Village at ECS. Check out their work: @ScottCountywx on Twitter or Scott County Weather Network on Facebook.
Superintendent Putty also recognized the Western Elementary School Academic Team who won both District and Regional Governor’s Cup Competitions. Congratulations to: Maddie Allen, Alexandre Antoine, Tia Bennett, Alessandra Dellinger, Bryce Drake, Wade Eslick, Duncan Fitzgerald, Lacie Ingle, Benjamin Jones, Elizabeth King, Grace Leis, Bryce Liebenauer, Roxy Lockard, Grace Lyons, Jacob Marcum, Sarah Marcum, Marissa Preston, Juliet Reisch, Isabel Rivera, Trenton Roark, Morgan Sapp, Ian VanSteenbergh, Delaney Waldridge, and coaches Corbie Boykin, Kathy Placier, and Crystal Showalter.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Putty discussed the success of a new positive behavior intervention system utilized by elementary and middle schools as well as the Ninth Grade School and Elkhorn Crossing School. Superintendent Putty also made announcements of upcoming events including the 30th annual Scott County High School Ice Cream Concert to be held May 1, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Singletary Center. The concert will include a combined performance with the SCHS Choir with an Alumni Choir featuring past choral directors.
The TELL workplace survey was recently conducted with more than 50% participation. Results are expected within in a few months. Other acknowledgments included student participation at the recent VEX World Robotics Competition, student participation at the Kentucky United Nations Assembly, and the esteemed Energy Partner of the Year award recently presented to Scott County Schools. Superintendent Putty also made board and community members aware that Scott County Middle School was granted a disaster day to make up for the day of school missed by students due to lack of heat at the school. Students at SCMS will not have to make up this day as a result of the granted waiver.
In other business, board members approved common carriers, fundraisers, items for surplus, grants, and an extensive list of donations. Other items approved included: a Memorandum of Understanding between Kentucky Science Center and Scott County Schools as well as a lease with Frankfort Convention Center for Scott County High School Graduation to be held on June 6, 2015. Board members also approved use of the Singletary Center for the upcoming Ice Cream Concert, emergency certification for substitute teachers for 2015-2016, and physicals and administration of the board’s Department of Transportation (DOT) substance abuse program. The annual summer feeding program will be available at both Garth and Southern Elementary schools June 8-July 17 from 8:30-9:00am for breakfast and 10:30am-12:30pm for lunch. No service on July 3.
The Scott County Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of Great Crossing High School as the name of the new high school in our community. The name was selected from an extensive Name Your School campaign conducted by Scott County Schools where more than 150 unique names were submitted by students and community members. The list was narrowed by the Scott County Board of Education and a list of 15 names made available for community vote. Great Crossing High School received the most votes in this community poll. To learn more about the historical significance of this name, visit: www.scott.kyschools.us.
Without a second, the motion to approve the Central Office window replacement project and architect failed. Windows were damaged during the October 2014 hail storm. Board members then reviewed board policies 03.1321 and 03.2321 regarding use of school property by certified and classified staff members as presented by Board Vice Chair Kevin Kidwell. Legal questions regarding the sample policies were raised and members agreed to revise the policy drafts for future consideration. Next, board members reviewed positions at Central Office with a request for a list of all employment positions at the district level. Board members voted to abolish the following positions: Director of Children and Family Services, Director of Lifelong Learning, Director of Equity/Diversity, Director of Title I, Director of Instruction, Chief Accountant, Director of Maintenance and Voice, Technology Coordinator, Special Programs Coordinator, and Transportation Manager. Many of these dormant positions had been vacant and unfilled for several years as Superintendent Putty had tried to lessen the impact in decreased state funding felt at the school level. Responsibilities associated with these positions were absorbed by current Central Office administrators.
In other business, board members approved current bills and received the financial, personnel, and field trip reports. Board dialogue included possible student groups for spotlight at upcoming board meetings. Other items included traffic patterns at and around SCHS and future discussion of middle and high school code of conduct violations. Mascot and school colors for the new high school will be on the board agenda in May 2015.