In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on October 14, 2014. 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.
During the October 14, 2014 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized three students for their service and leadership. Kyla Hernandez recently assisted a fellow student who experienced a medical emergency while on a school bus. Appreciation was expressed for Kyla’s thoughtful friendship, strong character, and kindness to others. Corey Phelps and Katie Babbage are Media Arts students at Elkhorn Crossing School. The pair developed a driver training video utilized by the Scott County Schools Department of Transportation. Corey and Katie were commended for sharing their talents to ensure the safety of students.
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning Matt Thompson provided an overview of K-Prep assessment results for Scott County Schools. The district ranking improved to the 85th percentile, classifying Scott County Schools as Proficient and Progressing. This year Program Reviews in Writing, Arts & Humanities, and Practical Living/Career Studies were included in the scores for the first time. Because of this, the overall school and district scores and percentiles cannot be compared with the scores shared in September 2013. However, an Overall Combined Score was calculated for each school and district to determine growth and improvement from 2013 to 2014. Scott County Schools improved its overall combined score from 67.4 to 70.0. Every school in the district improved their overall combined score. Four schools reached a classification of Distinguished. Northern Elementary School and Royal Spring Middle School were each named a School of Distinction.
In other business, members of the board approved consent items for minutes, fees, common carriers, donations, fundraisers, and items for surplus. CPA Brian Woosley of Stiles, Carter & Associates PSC presented the annual audit results for Scott County Schools applauding the preparedness and stable management practices of Director of Finance Randy Cutright and staff. The report stated Scott County Schools is in compliance with all standards with a well-monitored fund balance. There were no audit findings. The report also included comments noting areas of improvement for individual schools related to booster clubs and fundraising activities under new Redbook provisions.
The Scott County Board of Education changed its regular work session from Tuesday, November 4 to Thursday, November 6 at 6:00pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex. The schedule change requires the meeting be deemed a special board meeting. Members also approved the updated job description for Staff Substitute Personnel Specialist. Superintendent Putty stated that enrollment has increased by 200 students in one year. On Thursday, October 16, administrators, teachers, and staff from Georgetown Middle School will host a community night to meet with parents at the Scroggins Park community building. The Superintendent also let members of the board know a notebook compilation of all approved donations from FY 2014 is available for view in the finance office. “Meet the Cards” night will be held November 3. Members also discussed the National School Board Association conference to be held in Nashville, Tennessee in March 2015.
Superintendent Putty celebrated continued efforts for energy conservation during the Superintendent’s Report. Western Elementary and Lemons Mill Elementary have received the Energy Star award. With these additions, all Scott County schools have earned the Energy Star. The district will apply for the Partner of the Year award again this year. Superintendent Putty and Director of Maintenance Zan Rexroat provided on overview of property damage from recent inclement weather which included vehicles, windows, and roof damage for six schools. Rexroat is working with insurance adjustors to assess the damage and schedule needed repairs.