In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of last night’s Board of Education meeting. 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.
At the Scott County Board of Education meeting held on June 11, 2013, Superintendent Patricia Putty presented a diploma and an academic achievement award to 2013 graduate Tori Doyle. Doyle earned a bowling scholarship to attend Pikeville College. Lori Beth Mays, Principal of Lemons Mill Elementary School, introduced members of her staff and audience members were given the opportunity to voice opinions related to the recent OEA investigation report which was discussed in more detail later in the meeting.
In other business, the Board approved consent items for donations and fundraisers and ratified common carrier use to transport the Girls’ Softball Team to the State Tournament. The Board also declared items for surplus and approved grants to purchase Japanese teaching materials, Reading Recovery, and Toyota Born Learning Academy. During 2013-2014, Garth Elementary School will serve as a pilot site for the Toyota Born Learning Academy and will offer six training sessions for parents of young children to ensure children are prepared for success in kindergarten. During the Superintendent’s Report, Putty invited members of the Scott County Board of Education to a ceremony announcing Garth Elementary as a Born Learning Academy site to be held at 1:00pm on Monday, June 17, 2013 at the Capitol Rotunda.
The Board also approved the master time schedule for Scott County Schools and approved the yearly meeting schedule for the Scott County Board of Education. During discussion, the board shared ideas about future agenda items and the need for upcoming meetings related to budget, tax reviews, performance evaluations, and assessment. The Board also voted to accept the proposal to establish a Family Resource Center at Lemons Mill Elementary School.
Superintendent Putty communicated the findings of the OEA investigation and presented detailed action plans in response to the two issues deemed out of compliance. All principals and district administrators completed a training session related to the appropriate use of instructional assistants as a result of the finding that an aide was serving in an instructional capacity in a computer lab at Royal Spring Middle School. Principal Shannon Gullett made an immediate revision of the schedule to correct this situation. Curriculum Directors Matt Thompson and Chip Southworth will review and monitor all staff assignments for each building.
Superintendent Putty also discussed the issue of performance evaluations for principals and district program directors. The OEA investigative report found the district was not in compliance and did not meet this requirement last year. Superintendent Putty assured the board that performance evaluations of all principals and program directors are being finalized and will be complete by June 15, 2013 and mailed to OEA on Friday to meet the June 30, 2013 deadline.
The Scott County Board of Education, Superintendent Putty, and Director of Finance Randy Cutright engaged in a thorough discussion of the status of Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust (KSBIT) including a recent survey to gather opinions of districts to determine the course of action for KSBIT which announced its dissolution in January 2013. This situation could mean significant costs for school districts.
Board members scheduled two public forums to allow community input on the building of a second high school. Meeting dates were scheduled for August 29, 2013 at 6:30pm at Scott County High School and September 19, 2013 at 6:30pm at Elkhorn Crossing School.
Superintendent Patricia Putty shared additional details during the Superintendent Report which included training dates for consideration by members of the Scott County Board of Education. Putty made the Board aware of recent activity fund (Red Book) trainings attended by school principals and bookkeepers. A similar training has been scheduled for all parent organizations and booster programs.