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Board Work Session Summary - September 3, 2013


During the work session on September 3, 2013, the Scott County Board of Education evaluated the recent second high school forum. Members agreed that, at the next community forum, additional information should be presented that would help clarify questions about capital funds. Initial feedback from community members present at the public forum suggest support of a $0.09 tax levy to build a second high school. Additional feedback is important from the second forum scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:30pm at Elkhorn Crossing School. Responses to questions from the first forum will be posted on the district website this week.

Members also discussed the order of events if a tax is levied by the Board of Education. Members of the community who oppose the tax will have 45 days to render a petition to the Scott County Clerk. If the petition is certified then the Board could either call for a special common school tax election or have the item placed on the ballot at the next regular election. If no petition is presented, or if the petition is not certified, the proposed tax would go into effect. Members discussed the need for further detail related to this scenario and stated that a clear timeframe for each step needs to be both outlined and communicated. The Scott County Board of Education continued the meeting by seeking more information related to a sunset provision.

Scott County High School Principal Frank Howatt has encouraged student feedback and involvement in this process. The Board appreciated the participation and perspective of current students. Other topics which the Board will consider in the future include athletic facilities to meet the needs of the district. As presented, the projected amount for a second high school does not include athletic fields/facilities.

Members reviewed the agenda for the September 10, 2013 meeting to be held at Central Office at 6:30pm. Superintendent Patricia Putty let the Board know that initial MAP testing is being completed by elementary, middle, and Ninth Grade schools. This assessment will be repeated twice this year to provide a measurement of student growth. Mrs. Putty also noted student interest and self-assessment using this tool.


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