In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on May 14, 2015. 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.
The May 14, 2015 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education was convened at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized the 2014-2015 Scott County High School Cheerleaders and Dance Team during the Student Spotlight. Both teams celebrated a successful season with Varsity Cheerleaders placing 4th and Junior Varsity placing 12th in national competition. The Dance Team placed first in both Varsity Pom and Varsity Variety, earned High Point for Varsity Pom, and was named overall national Grand Champion.
Superintendent Putty invited board members to attend the annual Employee Awards Program scheduled for May 26, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Georgetown College Leadership Center. This annual event recognizes employees from each school as well as retirees, Volunteer of the Year, and Friend of Education award winners.
Next board members discussed the use of common carriers for student transport when the Scott County Schools Department of Transportation cannot supply school buses. In Scott County, buses conduct multiple routes per day limiting times available for out of district travel for student groups. Director of Transportation Roy Prince cited safety data which supports use of school buses, but noted there are other considerations when making this decision as school buses are not designed for long-distance travel and are not always conducive in hot weather. In other business, consent items for donations, fees, fundraisers and items for surplus were approved.
Members of the board approved Elkhorn Crossing School to apply for the Perkins Reserve Fund Grant. The grant will help support ECS make the transition to a more specific Media Arts pathway of Cinematography. Course work in photography, web design, and video production will remain consistent for students according to Principal Michelle Nichols. Board members also approved application/acceptance of the Kentucky-ASAP mini grant which offers enrichment and education opportunities for preschool age students and families. Members also approved the application/acceptance of the TranspARTation grant to be submitted by the Gifted and Talented program.
Director of Nutrition, Mitzi Marshall, shared information about proposed price increases for 2015-2016. The Scott County Board of Education voted to increase lunch prices by $0.20 and breakfast prices by $0.10 next year. Scott County Schools have minimally raised prices over the past few years and currently offer high quality meals for less than the recommended rate. Rate increases are necessary due to new regulations for school meals and growing food costs. In other business, board members approved a rental contract for Scott County High School Senior Day to be held at Cardome Centre. Members approved use of Cherry Blossom Golf Course for both boys and girls golf programs. Also approved was the Certified Employee Evaluation Plan (CEP) for 2015-2016.
Members first discussed and then voted to renew insurance policies for 2015-2016 as presented. Jim Downing from Crawford Downing Insurance will provide estimates for additional earthquake coverage at the request of the board.
Next, Director of Finance Randy Cutright presented information regarding the transfer of 2014-2015 capital outlay and building funds recommending that board members make this transfer to the general fund with the option to commit the funds specifically for the second high school. If this transfer was made, the board would have greater flexibility as to the use of the money but could earmark money specifically for building and/or equipping Great Crossing High School. If not, this money would only be able to be used for direct construction costs and could not be applied to furniture, technology, or similar soft costs to support the school. Board members did not vote to transfer this money, $715,426.65, to the general fund.
Superintendent Putty along with Randy Cutright, Director of Finance, and Zan Rexroat, Director of Maintenance, presented a prioritized list of district projects. Board members discussed the inventory of furniture and supply needs for implementation of full day kindergarten to make each classroom equitable and meet technology needs. Board members voted at this time to increase funding to each SBDM from $100 to $136.89 per average daily attendance (ADA). After discussion, board members then voted to make the counselor position at Elkhorn Crossing School full time and approved a Network Systems Engineer position. During the Personnel Report, Director of Human Resource Dr. Rick Culross provided a thorough and inclusive directory of all active employees categorized by school and including function code, description, and salary based on the board-approved salary schedule as requested by the board.
During dialogue with Tim Geegan with Alliance Corporation, board members asked questions about fill dirt and site location for Great Crossing High School. The geotechnical report will be returned soon which will provide more detailed information to ensure sound structural decisions for the facility.