The Scott County Board of Education met on August 4, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex. Upon the call to order and welcome, board members heard a report from the Scott County High School Farm Committee. The committee has given careful consideration to the best options for the farm on Long Lick Road owned by Scott County Schools. Committee members include: Shelby Blevins, Mike Farmer, Paige Levandowski, Alvin Lyons, Kevin Kidwell, Beth Perkins, Troy Rankin, Nathan Sewell, and Michele Simon.
The committee researched programs like the Fayette County Locust Trace AgriScience Center, Montgomery County Schools USDA Farm to School Program, and the Jessamine County Career & Technology Center. Committee members would like to see a career and technical school built on the property that would offer specialized pathways to develop career-ready students along with core content. Ideas discussed included partnership with Bluegrass Community and Technical College, dual credit options, industry certificates, farm to school production, and a functioning farm on the site. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub noted that a workforce development grant opportunity could be considered in the future. With the support of the Scott County Board of Education, the committee will continue their research and report their findings.
Board members approved participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) from the USDA which provides free breakfast and lunch meals for all students at four qualifying schools: Garth, Georgetown Middle, Scott County Preschool, and Southern. Garth, GMS, and Southern will also offer free dinner meals for students. Members approved a temporary provisional certification for the school media librarian at Scott County Middle School and approved a MOA/MOU with Madison County Schools for Nolan Skip Benton to serve as Interim Transportation Director for Scott County Schools. Benton brings 22 years of experience to the position.
Taking community feedback into consideration, Dr. Hub advised that the board should take more time to explore other options and not proceed with the levy of an additional nickel tax as this time. Instead of a recallable nickel tax to fund the construction of Great Crossing High School, Superintendent Hub recommended that the board consider a smaller tax increase to bring an additional 4% in revenue to the district general fund. A tax hearing will be held on Thursday, September 1 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex followed by a special-called board meeting at 7:30pm.
The board approved a lease agreement with the Scott County School District Finance Corporation for the sale of bonds on August 25 which could save as much as $1.8 million for the district. The refinancing of bonds is fiscally responsible and saves an average of $140,000 per year while supporting the district’s bonding potential. Next the board entered into Executive Session to discuss a matter related to litigation.
The Scott County Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.