At the Scott County Board of Education meeting held on July 9, 2013 members celebrated the academic achievements of student Lindsey Hedges as Superintendent Patricia Putty presented Hedges with her diploma. Mrs. Putty offered congratulations to Ms. Hedges who will attend Bluegrass Community and Technical College in the fall. Joretta Crowe, Director of Cardinal Academy, expressed appreciation to Superintendent Putty and members of the Board of Education for their support of the intervention program.
Director of Secondary Education Chip Southworth shared ACT results with the Board noting steady improvement in ACT scores since 2008. Administrators from Scott County High School, Ninth Grade School, Elkhorn Crossing School, and Cardinal Academy shared reasons for improvement in ACT scores which include individual goal setting, Response to Intervention (RtI), and working closely together as a team. Mrs. Putty noted several underlying factors which attribute to this success and continued improvement: collaboration, increased rigor, and naming and claiming all students.
The Scott County Board of Education became one of the first districts to qualify for a planning grant after officially adopting new attendance requirements for compulsory attendance until the age of 18. This grant will be used to assist in planning as the district prepares to implement and improve services for students as a result of the change of the attendance age requirement. To read Board Policy 09.122, please click here: /userfiles/1523/Attendance%20Requirements.pdf.
In other business, the Board approved donations to Anne Mason Elementary School, Scott County High School, Royal Spring Middle School, Cardinals Hustle Against Hunger 5K, and Lemons Mill Elementary School. The Board also gave consent for a list of booster organization fundraising events as well as school and department fundraisers for the 2013-2014 school year.
Scott County Schools and the Scott County Board of Education regularly review and revise board policies, which are often guided by changes in regulations and state and federal law. Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) also sends recommendations for policy review on a regular basis. At the July meeting, the Board reviewed a number of additional policies. Topics include: record management, school safety, and family medical leave, among others. These policies went through a first reading and will be reviewed in the future Board meetings. The link to follow will allow citizens to read the policies considered for Board review: /userfiles/1523/Policy%20Link.pdf.
The Board approved the following resolution to build a second high school:
Whereas, the Scott County Board of Education is charged with the responsibility of providing a physical plant for public education in Scott County; and
Whereas, the Scott County Board of Education has evidence and studies demonstrating a need for increasing capacity for the education of high school students as soon as possible; and
Whereas, the community and this Board are united in responding to this demonstrated need for additional capacity for high school (grades 9-12) students.
Therefore be it Resolved, that the Scott County Board of Education engage in all necessary efforts to facilitate the construction of a comprehensive 9-12 grade high school as soon as fiscally and legally possible.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Mrs. Putty announced Jennifer Smith as Preschool Principal and Steve Hill as Director of Student Services. She also shared Procedure 10.4AP.1, Advertising and Distribution of Non-School Materials, and provided a copy of the district energy management report. The Superintendent shared information regarding upcoming open houses and back to school events. Director of Facilities Mike Luscher offered an update on work being completed on the by-pass extension and discussed the possibility of a traffic light at the entrance of Lemons Mill Elementary School. Mrs. Putty expressed her appreciation of Lemons Mill Principal Lori Beth Mays and teachers at the school in attendance and looks forward to an open house to welcome the community to the new facility. The first day of school for students will be August 6, 2013.
Policies for Review, July 2013: