In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on March 11, 2014. 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.
Members of the Scott County High School Boys Bowling Team were presented with certificates for winning the state bowling championship for the second time in the three years bowling has been a Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) sanctioned sport. The team has earned distinction as regional champion each of the three years. Next, Superintendent Patricia Putty and members of the board congratulated the accomplishments of middle school wrestler Chase Yost, Royal Spring Middle School, who won 4th place in the state middle school wrestling tournament. Scott County Middle School student Ryan Harrison won both district and regional titles and competed at the state level in wrestling.
Next, Preschool Principal Jennifer Smith and teachers shared information about the Preschool Center during the school/board dialogue. Scott County Preschool serves more than 375 three and four year old students. Teachers are certified in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. Scott County Preschool works in partnership with local daycare and community preschool providers to meet the needs of young learners. They focus on easing the transition for students to lay a strong foundation for future success in school. The preschool staff shared information about on-going evaluations and assessments which help monitor student growth. They also shared testimony about efforts to build strong school/home relationships.
In other business the Scott County Board of Education received a Field Trip Report from Director of Transportation Roy Prince and approved consent items for common carriers, donations, fundraisers, grants, fees, and items for surplus. Members also reviewed and discussed district procedures. Members voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding for the United Way Trailblazers Volunteer Program.
An important item of business was the approval of the amended calendar for 2013-2014. Effective Monday, March 24, 2014 the school day will be extended in an effort to make up instructional time missed as a result of inclement weather. Each school day for the remainder of the year, all schools will add 20 minutes of instructional time for students. Student days will end 20 minutes later with individual school ending times noted in the table below. With this change, and the addition of March 21, 2014 as a school day, the last day of school for students in Scott County will be June 6, 2014, pending any additional days missed.
Morning kindergarten sessions will be extended by 10 minutes each. As a result, afternoon kindergarten sessions will start 10 minutes later and will also finish 20 minutes later resulting in 10 minutes additional instructional time gained for afternoon kindergarten sessions as well. Schools will communicate specific kindergarten program and end times with parents. The amended calendar also included changes for employees of Scott County Schools which maximize instructional time and allow employee contracts to be fulfilled.
Superintendent Putty shared the Superintendent’s Report. Central Office will be closed for Spring Break, March 31-April 4, 2014. Scott County High School valedictorians will be recognized at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet on April 18, 2014. A special-called meeting of the Scott County Board of Education will be held on March 24, 2014 at 6:15pm at Central Office. This will be the first meeting/training of the Local Planning Commission (LPC). Superintendent Putty let members of the Board know that the certification process for bus mechanics will begin soon. Future meetings will scheduled to discuss the building of a second high school and the redrawing of voting districts for Board of Education members. Members reflected on the discussion with Preschool and applauded the beautiful murals recently painted at the Preschool Center.