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Board Summary 9-10-15

In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on September 10, 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 Scott County Board of Education met on September 10, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School.  Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized students who participated in the 2015 Governor’s Scholars, Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, and Governor’s School for the Arts programs during the Student Spotlight.  During the Superintendent’s Report, Mrs. Putty let members of the board know that mid-term reports are being distributed and that the fall window for MAP testing is nearing completion.  MAP is a diagnostic measure of academic growth for students grades K-9.


Next, Director of Facilities Mike Luscher assured board members that the low bid for the Great Crossing Site Prep Package met all specifications and was a valid bid for the scope and sequence of work.  This eased previous concerns for Luscher as well as Tim Geegan, Engineer with Alliance Corporation, who was present at the meeting.  Luscher recommended board members award contracts/POs to the lowest bidder, Bischoff Brothers Excavating.  Board members tabled the issue stating a preference to see the most recent site drawings.  Luscher and Geegan noted that the documents had evolved as expected having only minor updates since last review by the board.  If approved by the Scott County Board of Education at a special-called meeting later this month, the Site Prep Package would then be reviewed by the Kentucky Department of Education with the start of site work delayed until a few weeks after KDE approval.  The high school is scheduled to open for 700 students in grades 9-12 in August 2017.   


In other business, board members approved consent items for common carriers, donations, fees, fundraisers, items for surplus, and grants as listed.  Members also approved specified Non-Resident Contracts for 2016-2017 and Student Teacher Contracts with Morehead State University as presented.  Tommy Wafford, CEO of Meal Viewer, informed board members of a service available to school districts that would provide interactive menus and nutrition information in a digital format with instant content.  Director of Nutrition Mitzi Marshall is working to make this resource available for Scott County Schools. 


Members of the board voted to add three additional items of discussion to the meeting agenda.  Members briefly discussed board policy and state law governing use of communication devices by bus drivers.  Board Attorney Bob Chenoweth stated he had emailed his advice on this subject to board members. 


Director of Maintenance Dwayne Ellison told members of the board that remaining repairs to gutters and masonry at Garth Elementary School are on schedule for fall break coming in under the $35,000 budget allocated by the Scott County Board of Education.  Ellison reported on the air conditioning system at Garth in response to questions by the board stating that he and his HVAC crews were on site at Garth each day to make certain the system was operable and that a new unit was on order and expected for delivery.


Members then discussed a CDL Examiner position posted on the Scott County Schools website.  This would be a position of employment by the Kentucky Department of Education to which individuals in Scott and surrounding counties who met the outlined criteria could make application.  This was reflective of a proposed partnership with KDE which could facilitate bus driver training and certification.  It was recommended by the board that the job posting be removed from the Scott County Schools website as this would not be a position of employment with Scott County Schools.


The Scott County Board of Education will conduct a second public forum to allow community input regarding the qualifications of the next Superintendent for Scott County Schools on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:00pm at Scott County High School.


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