In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of Tuesday night’s Board of Education work session. 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.
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 the Scott County Board of Education had an opportunity for dialogue with Garth and Eastern Elementary Schools. Suzy Armishaw, Principal of Garth shared information about the Garth code and creed which emphasizes respect, safety, and responsibility. Garth uses the Great Expectations program as part of this character education initiative which consistently recognizes and celebrates students who exemplify positive character traits and behavior. Guidance Specialist Megan Hanser shared information about activities like the Lollipop Theater Network. Garth was one of the first schools to pilot this program. Music Teacher Kellie Moses discussed the arts and humanities offerings for Garth students in addition to three popular afterschool music ensembles. PTA President Julie Amburgey highlighted many opportunities for community involvement and applauded community partners who support the school.
Eastern Elementary School Principal Ed Denney discussed the extensive work done by the school to track student progress and ensure student success. Music Teacher Alicia Curry celebrates 10 years of Performing Arts Club in addition to student performances at each grade level each year. Counselor Ann Shrewsbury discussed the Paw Pride Character Education Program. Family Resource Center Liaison Becky McDonald shared information about the recent Career & Money Adventure Program which offered fourth and fifth grade students a unique perspective on life in the real world. PTA President Mike Henson discussed many events and activities made possible by the strong partnership and support of parents at Eastern. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matt Thompson noted that Eastern Elementary School is outstanding in terms of developing teacher leaders and the leadership model adapted for the school. During the 15 year tenure of Principal Denney, Eastern has produced seven school leaders serving in positions like Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Principal.
In other business, members of the Scott County Board of Education reviewed the procedure for public comment at board meetings. Individuals will sign up and be allotted up to five minutes to speak. Groups will be given seven minutes. The board also approved a fundraiser for Stamping Ground Elementary School before approving the proposed plan for construction of a second high school.
In the proposal, Phase I of a second high school could accommodate around 700 students in grades 9-12. Phase I of a second high school could open in August 2017 with 21 classrooms in the stand-alone school. Common areas like the school library and cafeteria would be designed and built for a 1500 student capacity to accommodate future phase construction. Next, the board identified steps to select an architect for the second high school project. Members of the board will review the 13 total Requests for Proposals (RFPs) submitted before convening a 15 member committee which will check references, narrow the pool of potential architects, and conduct site visits to determine which firms will make full presentation to the board. The board will consider options for either a construction manager or a general contractor for the project after the selection of the architect.
Superintendent Putty announced the annual Scott County Schools Employee Awards Program to be held Thursday, May 8th at 6:30pm at the Georgetown College Conference Center. The next meeting of the Scott County Board of Education will be on Tuesday, May 13th at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.