In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of Scott County Board of Education meetings in May 2016. 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.
May 26, 2016
The Scott County Board of Education met on May 26, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex. Board members approved the agenda and minutes as well as a rental agreement with Georgetown College before completing a second reading with approval of presented policies. The board also approved School Activity Fund Budgets for Fiscal Year 2017.
Director of Finance Randy Cutright presented the Tentative Budget for FY 2017. Board members were provided information on Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding, expenditures, and projected tax revenue before approving the tentative budget. Cutright also discussed capital outlay, contingency, average daily attendance (ADA), and projected growth. When considering the Salary, Pay Date, and Accounts Payable Schedule for FY 2017, members voted to approve the Pay Date and Accounts Payable Schedule as presented and approved the Salary Schedule with no increase in salaries other than step and rank pay increases. Members did not wish to create or eliminate any position at present but will revisit this topic in the coming weeks.
The Scott County Board of Education will not conduct a Work Session on June 2, 2016 but will meet as scheduled on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.
May 19, 2016
The Scott County Board of Education met on May 19, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex. Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized Emma Boehm, a fifth grade student at Anne Mason Elementary School who placed second in Photo on Demand at the state Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition. Next Principal Shane Pickerill shared information about Anne Mason including the school’s focus on student instruction and enrichment opportunities like the archery team that placed in the top 50 in Kentucky this year. Members of the team were on hand to share about their experience. Anne Mason earned the rank of Proficient, has established Professional Learning Communities to meet student needs, and has seen MAP data improve with more than 60% of students making a year’s worth of growth in both reading and math this year.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Putty announced important upcoming calendar items including Senior Breakfast, inaugural Senior Walk, Ice Cream Concert, and Graduation as well as the recent unveiling of the new district website with improved mobile platform. Other business included consent items to approve minutes, donations, fees, fundraisers, surplus, and grants.
Next, representatives from Craig & Hall Insurance and Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance discussed the district’s worker’s compensation coverage which was approved by the Scott County Board of Education. Members discussed training upon employment, accident investigations, and close alliance with local first responders as means to improve safety and reduce workplace injury. The board also approved the 2016-2017 Student Discipline Code of Conduct and increased the 2016-2017 School Based Decision Making (SBDM) council allocations to $136.89 per Adjusted Annual Daily Attendance (AADA) to be funded from 2015-2016 Committed Funds. In other business, the Scott County Board of Education approved a reimbursable fund transfer from the General Fund Contingency to cover expenditures in the Great Crossing High School construction account and reallocated money left from the Garth Elementary project to replace plaster on the Broadway side entrance of the school.
Board members approved the start and end time schedule for the 2016-2017 which will remain the same at all schools and approved submission of the non-traditional instruction waiver application to the Kentucky Department of Education. If approved by KDE, the waiver could result in work for students to complete at home on snow days during the 2016-2017 school year which could be counted as instructional days reducing the number of make-up days at the end of the school year due to inclement weather. Board members conducted a first reading of amended policies before hearing the financial statement, personnel report, and field trip report and approving current bills.
May 5, 2016
The Scott County Board of Education met on May 5, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex. During the School Spotlight, Principal Joe Covington, along with teachers and students, shared information about the success of Scott County High School and the achievements of students. The Family and Consumer Science Department offers classes in child development, principles of teaching, and culinary arts, among others. Students were on hand to discuss the program and share delicious homemade appetizers. The Advanced Placement program at SCHS has experienced a significant increase in both enrollment and qualifying scores on Advanced Placement tests. These high level courses help students transition to college. One student told the board of the competitive edge advanced classes have given him which resulted in a full scholarship to Duke University. Students in the DECA and FFA programs spoke about state and national honors in their respective fields.
Teacher Brent Merritt led choral music students in the performance of two songs and announced the annual Ice Cream Concert scheduled for May 20, 2016 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. This year 75 music students received more than $1 million in scholarships. The Scott County High School Band, and its 300 members, celebrates 25 years with a distinguished ranking by the Kentucky Music Educators Association. Recently more than 3000 guests attended the SCHS production of the Little Mermaid which was choreographed by a student.
Next, world language students shared insight into the significance of this program presenting first in their language of study. Principal Covington expressed appreciation to his staff for their focus on the needs of students. Interim Athletic Director D.T. Wells provided an overview of the success of school’s 50 athletic teams urging audience members not to forget the outstanding and exceptional educational programming at SCHS, only a snapshot of which was presented during this meeting.
In other business, members approved consent items for minutes and fundraisers. Next, Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather and Scott County Judge Executive discussed the Revenue Commission with members of the board sharing information about efficiency rate and taxes collected in response to recent media coverage. As part of this inter-local agreement, one agency collects taxes for each of the three governmental agencies including the city, county, and school system. The commission is focused on pursing tax delinquencies and provided an overview of this process to members of the board.