In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of Tuesday night’s Board of Education work 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.
On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the Scott County Board of Education held a public hearing on a proposed tax rate. The meeting was communicated as required by the Kentucky Department of Education with advertisements appearing in the Georgetown News-Graphic on October 22, 2013 and October 29, 2013. Randy Cutright, Director of Finance for Scott County Schools, shared a packet which contained the notice of the public hearing and general areas to which revenue from the proposed tax levy would be allocated. Cutright also compared real estate tax rates for surrounding communities. If the Scott County Board of Education votes to approve a 10.64 cent tax, the estimated annual school tax per year for the average single family home in Scott County would be $916.54.
At the public hearing, community members were able to address the Scott County Board of Education to share opinions and concerns in regard to the proposed tax increase. Comments included the number of courses available at Scott County High School as well as comparable curriculum for a second high school. Speakers noted high assessment scores for SCHS and expressed support for extra and co-curricular activities for the students of Scott County. Community members sought more information about a sunset proviso, bids for comparison, and restricted funds for the construction of second high school before Board Chairperson Roger Ward adjourned the public hearing and called the work session to order.
During the work session, Board members reflected on comments and questions asked during the tax hearing and provided a brief outline of steps in the process to plan for and build a second high school. In an effort to refine the specific wording for the tax proposal, Board members discussed the importance of including the equivalent recallable nickel which would allow Scott County Schools to secure additional funding from the state if available in the future. The next meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex, includes the proposed tax levy as a tentative agenda item.
In other business, the Board voted to approve the Council for Better Education (CBE) Adequacy Study. This initiative includes a large number of affiliate members from school districts across the state. The study will gather data regarding the decrease in educational funding. Participating districts have been asked to contribute 25 cents per average daily student attendance (ADA). Scott County Schools will contribute $1920 to the CEB to offset the cost of the study due to the extended financial responsibilities that accompany Senate Bill 1. This measure aligns with the resolution adopted by the Board last month urging adequate funding for education from legislators.
Members of the Scott County Board of Education discussed attending the National School Board Association Conference in New Orleans scheduled for April 5-7, 2014. The Board also previewed agenda items for the Nov. 12 meeting. Other topics of discussion included the guidelines pertaining to voting precinct redistricting and the upcoming training which Board members are required to attend in preparation for the formative mid-year evaluation for Superintendent Patricia Putty. Before the meeting adjourned, Superintendent Putty introduced Roy Prince, the new Director of Transportation for Scott County Schools.