In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on November 11, 2014. This is merely a summary and not to be perceived as official board minutes.
History was made during the November 11, 2014 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education. Members of the board unanimously voted in favor of Superintendent Patricia Putty’s recommendation to implement full-day kindergarten for Scott County Schools effective August 2015. The school district has worked with diligence to the overcome space and financial barriers prohibiting full-day kindergarten. The opening of Lemons Mill provided much needed relief for school facilities. Full-day kindergarten has remained a top priority as district administrators continued to work through financial limitations. Community members, current and retired kindergarten teachers, and school principals united with district administrators and Superintendent Putty to celebrate the action taken by members of the Scott County Board of Education and applaud the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that made full-day kindergarten possible. This historic action will be life-changing for the next generation of students in Scott County.
Superintendent Putty and the Scott County Board of Education recognized the retirement of Transportation Manager John Beckstead and Director of Secondary Education Chip Southworth. Superintendent Putty congratulated Dr. Julye Adams for being named the Kentucky Project Lead the Way Biomedical Teacher of the Year. Dr. Adams is a teacher at Elkhorn Crossing School.
In other business, the board approved fees, donations, fundraisers, grants, and items for surplus as submitted. Members also approved the use of common carriers as school buses are not available due to the time and/or distance of student travel. The board approved a contract for use of the ballrooms at the Kentucky Horse Park for the Scott County High School Prom scheduled for April 11, 2015. This change of venue has been in the planning phases for months and comes at a substantial cost savings. The board also approved a contract with the Singletary Center for the Scott County High School Winter Choral Concert to be held on December 8, 2014 at 7:00pm. The concert will feature nearly 300 students in the choral music program at SCHS. Tickets are $7.00 and available for purchase on November 19. Contact Brent Merritt at SCHS for more information.
Other items on the agenda included approval of the FY2015 KETS offer of assistance, BG #4 forms for Lemons Mill Elementary, and change orders for the Scott County Middle School roofing project in addition to approval of roofing projects and updates related to hail damage sustained last month. Members of the board voted to submit the Kentucky Department of Education Superintendent Evaluation Model for 2015 and approved a Memorandum of Agreement for the Air Force JROTC pending attorney review.
The board conducted a first reading of changes in the Open Enrollment Policy for Scott County Schools. Minor revisions to the policy are necessary to accommodate the option of online submission. Applications for Open Enrollment will be accepted in January 2015 and will be available for submission in electronic format upon board approval of this policy change.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Mrs. Putty announced a retirement reception in honor of Chip Southworth. The annual Stamping Ground Elementary School Holiday Café will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 8:30-10:30am. The Scott County Board of Education will conduct a work session on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.