In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education work session on November 6, 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 held a work session on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Chief Financial Officer Randy Cutright discussed the options of renewing the contract with the district’s current auditor or sending out a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a new auditing firm for next year. Members agree to send out the RFP and include Stiles, Carter, and Associates. This firm recently presented favorable audit results for Scott County Schools for fiscal year 2014. The report stated Scott County Schools is in compliance with all standards with a well-monitored fund balance. In other business, Dwight Salsbury with Ross, Sinclaire & Associates presented the annual filing requirements mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Next on the agenda, Superintendent Patricia Putty and Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning Dr. Matt Thompson shared detailed information related to K-PREP test results for Scott County Schools before members of the board reviewed high school floor plan concepts presented by architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart. This important next step in the building of a second high school provided a visual representation of four different designs which incorporated feedback from students, parents, teachers, administrators, and members of the Scott County Board of Education. Superintendent Putty also announced an exciting upcoming campaign to involve students in the naming of the second high school. The Superintendent then shared a decision-making timeline to guide the progress of the design and construction of the high school facility. Putty also shared a list of estimated costs reminding members of the board that school construction funds cannot be used to purchase materials for chorus, band, athletics, or utilities of the new facility.
In other business Superintendent Putty shared information regarding staffing as a point of comparison between Scott County and surrounding school districts. Mrs. Putty also shared an organizational chart for Scott County Schools before recognizing the upcoming retirement of Director of Secondary Schools Chip Southworth and Transportation Manager John Beckstead.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Mrs. Putty presented a plan to implement full-day kindergarten in Scott County. Members discussed space and financial barriers and implications for student learning if full-day kindergarten is made available as early as fall 2015. The board was very supportive and excited to place the approval of full-day kindergarten on the agenda for Tuesday, November 11th. The meeting will take place at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.
Scott County Schools hosted a recent meeting of area superintendents and community leaders who discussed the upcoming legislative session and the importance of funding education. Superintendent Putty invited members of the Scott County Board of Education to attend the Veteran’s Day program at Scott County High School on November 11, 2014 at 9:30am.