In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of Tuesday night’s Board of Education session. 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 August meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, members of Northern Elementary School’s Energy Investigators Team shared a presentation about energy conservation and displayed their Green Ribbon Award. Last spring, Northern was one of only three schools in the state to receive a Green Ribbon Award making it the second time a school in Scott County has earned this prestigious honor. District Energy Manager Jim McClanahan discussed the significant cost savings associated with efforts to conserve energy across the district. Superintendent Patricia Putty complemented students on their efforts to reduce energy consumption and change the culture at the school, “These students are the solution and education is the change agent.”
Members of the Board approved donations to the Migrant Program, Scott County High School Athletics, and Scott County High School. The Board also approved documents as submitted by parent organizations from Anne Mason Elementary, Eastern Elementary, Garth Elementary, Stamping Ground Elementary, Western Elementary, and Georgetown Middle School. Required documentation and current status was submitted from booster organizations which support Scott County Cross Country, Scott County Wrestling, Scott County Volleyball, Fast Break Club, 3 Point Club, SCHS Boys’ Soccer, SCHS Band, and Cardinal Baseball Club.
In other business, the Board approved fundraisers as presented by a list of schools, booster clubs, and parent organizations. The Board of Education then discussed and approved the 2013 Kentucky School Board Association (KSBA) policy update before completing the first reading of additional policies under review. Change orders for Lemons Mill Elementary School included several cost saving line items.
The Board of Education also approved a levy of tax rates for the 2013-2014 school year. Tax rates of 47.2 cents per $100 valuation for real estate and 47.2 cents per $100 valuation for personal property were approved. A public tax hearing was held on August 13, 2013 at 5:30pm. A member of the audience was given opportunity to speak on this topic noting community support of Board efforts to raise money for the building of a second high school. The first of two public forums to discuss this important topic is scheduled for August 29th at 6:30pm at Scott County High School.
Members of the Board of Education shared personal insights and reflection as Superintendent Putty noted that, among many responsibilities, student achievement is of highest priority. In the Superintendent’s Report, Mrs. Putty shared innovative and fun videos created by teachers and staff members from Elkhorn Crossing School and Eastern Elementary School.
The Scott County Board of Education will hold a Work Session on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 6:00pm at Central Office.