In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education work session on May 7, 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 7, 2015 work session of the Scott County Board of Education was convened at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Patricia Putty celebrated the outstanding performance of the 30th anniversary Ice Cream Concert. Superintendent Putty spoke briefly about this exciting and busy time of the year. While it can sometimes be stressful, opportunities like K-PREP, Advanced Placement (AP) testing, and presentations at Elkhorn Crossing School are truly a celebration of growth.
In other business, the board discussed the status of implementation of full day kindergarten effective in August 2015. Elementary school principals shared information related to classroom space, furniture, and curriculum needs and reported on current and anticipated kindergarten enrollment. While some families wait to enroll students in kindergarten, district leaders urge parents to enroll children in full-day kindergarten now to ensure proper planning time for this exciting opportunity. Director of Student Services Steve Hill shared an analysis of building capacity, current enrollment, and anticipated enrollment for each school in the district. Decisions regarding open enrollment requests will be released this week. Such decisions are consistent with board policy regarding open enrollment based on three established criteria. In a growth district, schools must ensure space for districted students. Scott County Schools increases between 200-300 students per year on average. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matt Thompson also provided an overview of anticipated enrollment at the Scott County Preschool Center. In August 2015, Scott County Preschool will offer a tuition-based preschool option to meet community needs. Call (502) 868-0411 to find out more.
Next, Captain Robert Swanigan from the Georgetown Police Department and members of the Scott County Board of Education discussed traffic congestion and safety near both Scott County High School and Royal Spring Middle School campuses. The city of Georgetown has submitted a grant that would include an in-depth traffic study to remedy this situation. Superintendent Patricia Putty penned a letter of support for the grant proposal. Scott County High School Principal Frank Howatt stressed the importance of student safety and encouraged parents to contact the school to discuss individual situations when needed. In other business, board members discussed the transportation of band instruments and other student equipment. Director of Transportation Roy Prince will collect sample policies and draft a policy regarding transportation of equipment for future board review.
The board next discussed the Central Office window project necessary due to hail damage from October 2014 and the use of approved insurance proceeds for the project. Other items of discussion included renewal of insurance for 2015-2016 related to: property, earthquake, errors and omissions, general liability, fleet, pollution, umbrella, student accident, and athletics. Director of Maintenance Zan Rexroat provided a list of proposed building projects for board review and discussion.
Members of the Scott County Board of Education discussed the Superintendent search, use of a facilitator, and proposed timeline. The goal is to have a new Superintendent named by May 1, 2016. Members discussed the importance of community forums, selection of the screening committee, and timeliness of interviews to reach this goal. The next meeting of the Scott County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School.