In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. 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.
At the January 14, 2014 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, Georgetown College Admissions Counselor Madison Osborne announced, starting with the freshman class of 2014, all Scott County High School graduates will be awarded a renewable $2000 scholarship to attend Georgetown College. Superintendent Patricia Putty expressed appreciation for this incredible partnership to Ms. Osborne and Dr. Greene, Georgetown College President.
Superintendent Putty and members of the Board of Education recognized senior members of the Scott County High School Football Cardinals who earned the state championship title to culminate an undefeated season. The team includes 124 students in grades 9-12. Head Coach Jim McKee thanked the Board for its continued support and offered comments about the strength and success of this team on and off the field.
Fran Rohlfing addressed the Board on behalf of Scott County Education Association (SCEA). Ms. Rohlfing provided a summary of current legislative action as well as an overview of media coverage which highlights school funding as a prominent issue facing Kentucky’s legislative body.
The Scott County Board of Education approved consent items for common carriers, donations, fundraisers, grants, and items for surplus as presented. Members then discussed and approved use of a trained KSBA facilitator for the Local Planning Commission (LPC). Board Member Jennifer Holbert was nominated and approved to serve as the Board representative on the LPC.
In other business, the Board approved bass fishing as a Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) sanctioned sport. This will be another opportunity to engage students and build leadership skills. Members then conducted the first reading of proposed changes to Policy 09.36 which covers school-related student trips. Board members voted to approve the use of Stiles, Carter & Associations to conduct the 2014 audit for Scott County Schools and also approved the job description for the position of Migrant Recruiter Program Assistant. The Board approved the $3000 student fee for the 2014 Scott Tahara Exchange Program United People (STEP UP) and approved both change orders and BG#4 forms for Lemons Mill Elementary School.
The Scott County Board of Education next discussed the LPC Building Evaluation and Inventory. Members engaged in dialogue with the architects present who submitted proposals to conduct the evaluation. The Board voted to table the issue and revisit at its meeting on January 28, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Central Office of Schools. Director of Human Resources Rick Culross and Director of Finance Randy Cutright then provided an overview of the Affordable Care Act, its implications, and next steps for Scott County Schools.
During the Superintendent’s Report the Board received an update on the building progress for Phase II of Lemons Mill Elementary, which is nearing completion. The Board will continue discussion and planning for adjoining athletic fields during its Work Session, scheduled for February 4, 2014 at 6:00pm at Central Office. Director of Transportation Roy Prince shared future steps which include advanced training and certification for mechanics. Superintendent Putty shared the substantial increase in bandwidth size for the district’s technology and provided an overview of discussions the Scott County Board of Education will soon have with principals. Secondary schools will share progress, plans, and areas of improvement with the Board this week.