In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on February 12, 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 February 12, 2015 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education was convened at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. Superintendent Patricia Putty shared several celebrations during the Superintendent’s Report. The Scott County High School Bowling Team recently competed in the state championship with junior Sarah Doyle winning the girl’s singles state championship title. The Scott County High School Varsity Cheerleaders placed 4th in a recent national competition while Junior Varsity ranked 12th. Several elementary, middle, and high school choral and band students attended the prestigious Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) annual conference.
Student artists who designed and created a banner to represent Scott County Schools at the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Conference were recognized by Superintendent Putty. SCHS juniors Mariah Beegle and Kelsey Clark presented their banner which included a blazing red cardinal and embodied the theme for the conference this year: “Kentucky Public Schools: The Courage to Lead.” In other business, the board approved minutes, fees, common carriers, donations, fundraisers, and items for surplus.
Superintendent Putty, Director of Facilities Mike Luscher, Director of Maintenance Zan Rexroat, Director of Finance Randy Cutright, and experts from the district’s finance corporation joined in discussion with chief architects from Sherman Carter Barnhart and the lead engineer from Alliance Corporation to lead an in depth discussion of the construction process and project workflow for the building of the new high school. The process begins with the Local Planning Commission which convened in 2014 and developed the district facility plan which identified construction of a new high school as the top priority. Other topics included bonding potential, development of the master and schematic plans of the building, and completion of design and construction documents. Both the Scott County Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education approve incremental steps in this process. Architects are working now to develop the schematic design of the building. The board reviewed the floor plan and schematic design at the meeting.
Members of the board began preliminary discussion of the name for the new school. Scott County Schools recently conducted a Name Your School campaign to generate ideas for the school name, mascot, and colors of the new high school. Students and community members sent nearly 350 emails to a special email address which included over 150 unique suggestions for the high school name. In an effort to narrow this list, board members will each identify their own top five before selecting names that will be available for community vote in the coming weeks.
Board members next considered a pilot program to offer 30-45 tuition-based preschool services at Scott County Preschool Center. District administrators have spent several years researching the feasibility of tuition-based preschool in response to requests from families interested in enrolling their children at Scott County Preschool. This pilot program would expand preschool services to meet a growing community need. High quality preschool education facilitated by certified teachers will prepare young learners for the start of kindergarten and lay a strong foundation for education in Scott County. The Scott County Board of Education approved tuition and registration costs for preschool: $3000 per year with a non-refundable registration fee of $200 for enrolled students to be applied to total yearly tuition. The approved tuition is comparable to other preschool services in the Georgetown/Scott County community.
In other business, the Scott County School District Finance Corporation was convened to consider a potential lease agreement for the placement of a cell tower on the Scott County Preschool Center property. Members of the board expressed concerns for safety, the proximity of the adjacent neighborhood, and potential need for expansion and were not in favor of the lease agreement. The next meeting of the Scott County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School.