In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on October 22, 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 October 22, 2015 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education was convened at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Patricia Putty announced the district’s first Collaboration Day of the year scheduled to take place on Oct. 23. Two days have been built into the calendar for teachers to work together using data to identify both areas of success as well as areas of improvement with specific action plans to meet goals for student achievement. Next, board members approved consent items for common carriers which included the request for common carrier to transport the Scott County High School Band to New York City. This item was tabled at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education.
Scott County Middle School Principal Jennifer Sutton gave a presentation on K-PREP results for her school. SCMS earned a Proficient ranking as a High Progress school in 2015 which means the school was in the top 10% in the state for growth. The school celebrated improvement in every content area. Sutton contributed this improvement to intentional scheduling and additional instruction in math and reading. Students at SCMS have time built in to the daily schedule to receive one-on-one assistance based on student need. The school worked closely with district curriculum and instruction leaders to establish a quality work checklist as well as quality work criteria which clearly communicates expectations for student achievement. Teachers at the school collaborate weekly within both content areas and grade level teams to set goals, identify student needs, and provide additional support to name and claim each student at Scott County Middle School.
During Public Comment, board members heard from concerned citizens who urged the board to proceed with the construction of a second high school. Plans and Specifications and the Site Prep Package for Great Crossing High School were on the night’s agenda but were not approved by a 3-2 vote of the Scott County Board of Education. Members Fryman and Holbert voted in favor of proceeding with the construction of the school as presented while Conway, Kidwell, and Powers opposed. Site preparation bids and contracts will expire on Nov. 1. There was much discussion at the board work session on Oct. 15 regarding delay of construction and its impact on the cost of the project which, to date, exceeds one million dollars. Great Crossing High School was previously scheduled to open in August 2017 for 700 students in grades 9-12 and was unanimously approved by the current board in March 2015.
In other business, board members approved donations, fees, and fundraisers. Members approved Project Lead the Way vendors and approved shortened school day/week for students with significant medical needs before receiving an update on the current status of 2015-2016 booster groups. Director of Finance Randy Cutright provided the Financial Statement and Director of Human Resources Frank Howatt gave the Personnel Report which included an overview of the process for placing subs in the district as well as the growing regional trend of limited available subs. Board members then recessed for closed session to discuss pending litigation and student disciplinary proceedings.
The Scott County Board of Education will hold a work session on Nov. 5, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School.