In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on April 15, 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.
At the meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, Superintendent Patricia Putty and members of the board recognized the 2014 Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award winners: Jennifer Jackson, Southern Elementary School; Amanda Mullins, Scott County Middle School; and Amanda Cantrell, Scott County Ninth Grade School. This is the sixth year Scott County teachers have been recognized in the award program, each year celebrating a winner from elementary, middle, and secondary schools in the district.
Principal Judi Hunter, with teachers, staff members, and parents, shared important information about Northern Elementary School. Northern was recognized as a School of Distinction and named a progressing school this year. Parent representative Jennie Conyers identified several important factors that make the school success. These include leadership under the direction of Mrs. Hunter, a cohesive and supportive atmosphere among staff, and priority given to reducing class size at Northern. Fifth grade teacher Carrier Riggs told members of the board that Principal Hunter does an excellent job seeking out opportunities for teachers to expand knowledge and enhance student learning. Parents praised personal attention provided to students. Assistant Superintendent Matt Thompson emphasized a key point, “there isn’t a conversation that goes on [at Northern] that is not focused on student learning.”
As consistent with board policy, audience members were granted opportunity for public comment at the meeting. Discussion items included partnership between Scott County Schools and Georgetown City Council, open enrollment, and questions related to specific items listed on the meeting agenda.
The Scott County Board of Education discussed and approved agenda items related to fees, donations, fundraisers, grants, surplus, and agreements. Members of the board voted not to approve the submission of a Bluegrass Pipeline grant by Scott County Middle School until more information about the project and its impact in Scott County becomes available.
Chief Financial Officer Randy Cutright provided an overview of Fund 21, a new state regulation which refines the definition of operational costs for schools. Instructional expenditures like book fairs and student fees, among others, will still benefit the school and purpose specified. Schools will now deposit these funds into district accounts and can access them using district purchasing procedures. Any unexpended money will be carried over to the next year. The new regulation will require additional planning and time on the part of schools.
Members of the board then approved a release of money from State Farm Insurance which will be used to repair damage to the sign at Anne Mason Elementary School. Members also approved a Surety Bond for the board treasurer, the renewal of the Employee Fidelity Bond, and the use of Canewood and Cherry Blossom Golf Courses by the boys and girls golf teams. Members then addressed change orders presented for Lemons Mill Elementary School. Further discussion items included the reorientation, scope of work, and added amenities to make the softball and baseball fields at Lemons Mill Elementary School safe and competitive for district use.
The Scott County Board of Education scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 at the Great Crossing Office Complex to discuss the building of a new high school. Scott County Clerk Rebecca Johnson provided information about the redistricting of board member voting boundaries. The 2010 census data indicates a disparity in the population size of the five districts. The board decided to discuss plans related to board member voting boundaries at a future meeting after a very lengthy and complex discussion.
Superintendent Putty announced the Chamber of Commerce banquet scheduled for Friday, April 18, 2014 where 29 valedictorians will be recognized. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, Mrs. Putty also invited members of the board to attend the annual Employee Awards Program scheduled for May 8, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Georgetown College Conference Center. The Superintendent also informed members that the General Assembly increased both SEEK and flexible focus funds and included a mandate for employee raises.