In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on March 12, 2015. 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.
The March 12, 2015 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education was convened at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. During the Student Spotlight, Superintendent Patricia Putty and Director of Student Services Steve Hill congratulated Scott County High School student Lorenzo Simon, recipient of the National Migrant Scholarship. Georgetown Middle School student Hannah Tirlea was recognized as the Bluegrass Conservation District essay winner. Robbi Barber, Associate Director of the Georgetown College Office of Diversity, was present with Scott County Middle School student Micah Nava. Nava, along with Royal Spring Middle School student Sam Showalter and Georgetown Middle School student Kyrstin Tillman, shared their reflections during the recent community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Putty discussed the district calendar and proposed revisions as a result of days missed due to inclement weather. School will be in session for students and staff on Friday, March 20, 2015. If no other days are missed, the last day of school for students will be June 4, 2015. Tentatively, Scott County High School graduation will be held June 6, 2015. Mrs. Putty invited board members to attend an upcoming banquet hosted by the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce where Scott County High School valedictorians will be recognized. The 30th annual Ice Cream Concert will be held on May 1 at 7:00pm at the Singletary Concert Hall and will include former directors and feature an alumni choir. Superintendent Putty expressed appreciation to J. R. Brandenburg and the Scott County Road Department for working diligently to remove snow and limit school days missed due to winter weather conditions.
In other business, board members approved consent items related to common carriers, donations, fundraisers, surplus, and grants. Members also approved authorized signatures on school activity accounts as well as transportation agreements between Scott County Schools and local childcare providers as listed. A transportation agreement between Scott County Schools and Georgetown College was approved to provide buses for basketball camps. With board approval, Superintendent Putty will appeal to the Commissioner of Education seeking a disaster day to forgive the day missed by Scott County Middle School students on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 as a result of gas line repair and lack of heat in the building. Next board members declared two buses as surplus and authorized participation in the Kentucky Interlocal School Transportation Association (KISTA) used bus sale.
Architects from Sherman Carter Barnhart presented the Site Plan and Schematic Development Floor Plan for the second high school. The board discussed the orientation of the high school with existing Elkhorn Crossing School as well as points of access, courtyard design, consideration of future phases, grade of the property, and accessibility. During Phase I of the project, a gymnasium for the stand-alone high school facility will be included as an alternate to be built if bonding potential exists at the time of construction. The schematic plan was approved. The next phase of the construction process is design development for the high school which will open for 700 students in August 2017. Next the board approved an agreement with L. E. Gregg Engineers for geotechnical services for the new high school facility. This process will identify the soil conditions and develop a rock profile for the sub-surface of the site used to better plan the foundation system for the building.
Next the board discussed implementation of full day kindergarten for students in Scott County beginning in August 2015. Board members asked for feedback from elementary school principals and kindergarten teachers throughout the district. Items of discussion included potential staffing, classroom space, furniture needs, and technology.
The Scott County Board of Education also discussed the naming of the new high school. Earlier in the meeting Willie Gossey, President of Ed Davis Inc., shared information about Ed Davis. Davis was a teacher and principal of the Chambers Avenue School for African Americans in the early 1900’s. The name was changed in his honor to the Ed Davis School in 1934. More than 150 unique names were submitted in the district’s Name Your School campaign. Board members narrowed the list to their top selections. The unduplicated list with accompanying historical significance will soon be available for community vote from the Scott County Schools website. Board members will select the name of the new high school from the community top three. The names for consideration are listed below.
Adena High School
Adena Springs High School
Buffalo Crossing High School
Buffalo Springs High School
Ed Davis High School
Elijah Craig High School
Elkhorn Creek High School
Elkhorn Crossing High School
Elkhorn Trace High School
George Lusby High School
Georgetown High School
Georgetown-Scott High School
Great Crossings High School
Johnson Station High School
In other business, the board heard the financial statement, personnel report, and field trip report and approved current bills before discussing board owned vehicles and positions available within the district.