In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education work session on November 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 Scott County Board of Education met on November 12, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. During the Student Spotlight, Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized student groups that have recently participated in community service projects. Scott County students take part in numerous service-based leadership projects each year. Those present included two DECA leadership groups from Scott County High School. One group led a recent fall family fun night with 120 people in attendance. The group collected over $600 to benefit the club’s philanthropy, the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Another group is collecting books to establish a lending library for students at Scott County Preschool. The Little Cardinal Library is now open and the high school students are continuing to seek book donations to provide a free book to each student at Scott County Preschool. Three students from Southern Elementary School spoke about an ongoing snack food and toiletry drive as well as the homemade cards delivered to Lexington Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in honor of Veteran’s Day. Finally, Cardinal Academy Principal Joretta Crowe shared information about the school’s recent service learning projects. One student was present to share about his jewelry project with proceeds benefiting Toys for Toys. Superintendent Putty thanked each student for their thoughtful generosity and presented each with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Scott County Board of Education.
Next, Georgetown Middle School Principal Rhonda Schornick and teachers Anna Clements, Patrick Keeney, and Brittany Rodman participated in a Board/School Dialogue. Students at GMS set learning goals and take ownership of own learning. Goal planning sheets are included in student agendas this year and serve as an on-going measurement for students and staff as well as an effective communication tool for parents. GMS Beta Club mentors students at Garth Elementary School. The school is also participating in a food drive to benefit AMEN House. Club days are very successful at the school and include student interests like Harry Potter and exploring the outdoors. More than 30 clubs are available and meet bi-weekly. The school is also proud of its Check and Connect program where adults in the building mentor students. The Buffalo Rewards program outlines very specific behavioral expectations and rewards students for good behavior. The school is focused on building confidence for students in math and helping students think at a higher level through real world application of math concepts.
Next, Cardinal Academy Principal Joretta Crowe and board members participated in a Board/School Dialogue. The school is working to show students validity in what they are learning. The recent service-based learning projects are one example. Cardinal Academy students are also hosting a Thanksgiving feast which includes budget and meal planning, shopping, and cooking. Upcoming activities also include Christmas around the World with history connections. Based on data and student input, Cardinal Academy now offers semester classes. The school builds in positive rewards like the Principal’s Club and Attendance Bingo. Real life connections like personal finance are especially important for students. Crowe and her staff work to develop trust and build relationships to help students be successful and break the cycle of poverty as they grow to be independent and successful citizens.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Patricia Putty provided an overview a recent anti-bullying program at SCHS as well as the Connect2015 College and Career Conference at Elkhorn Crossing School. All schools observed Veteran’s Day this week. In other business, board members approved common carriers, donations, and fundraisers as presented. The board also approved for Lemons Mill Elementary to apply for the KySTE Outreach Grant. The board officially approved the start and end times for Scott County Schools for 2015-2016.
Next, the Scott County Board of Education delayed approval of the 2016-2017 school calendar. Director of Student Services Lynne Switzer recently led a calendar committee with representation from various schools and job classifications throughout the district, including a parent representative. The committee developed four calendar options for 2016-2017 and then surveyed district staff as well as parents and community members. Committee members considered options that could push the start of school to later in August noting that school district employees must work seven full days prior to the first pay day of the school year. If school starts later, paychecks for employees would be delayed. Other topics of discussion included: vacation planning for parents for 2016-2017, temperature in August, length of summer break, and tentative legislation regarding dates for the start of school. Two board members will work with Superintendent Patricia Putty and district staff to develop alternative calendars for consideration.
In other business, board members approved a contract with the Horse Park for the Scott County High School Prom and approved Met Life as the life insurance carrier for Scott County Schools. The board also approved final payment for landscaping of Lemons Mill Elementary School. The Scott County Board of Education approved the budget supplements for maintenance projects and equipment as presented. At the Nov. 5 work session, Director of Maintenance Dwayne Ellison outlined the prioritized maintenance projects and funding sources.
Board members approved the purchase of five school buses, approved payment of an assessment at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, approved a school treasurer’s bond, and changed authorized signors on school activity accounts as presented. Members received the monthly financial statement and approved current bills before hearing the personnel and field trip reports. The Scott County Board of Education will conduct a work session on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School.