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Board Meeting Summary 3-17-16

In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on March 17, 2016. 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 March 17, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.  Superintendent Patricia Putty recognized members of the Scott County High School DECA Program who recently competed at the state level with notable results.  The students will now advance to international competition in Nashville.  Lauren Fox was elected President of the Kentucky DECA chapter.  Teacher Bob Bender serves as Advisor of the DECA program.


Next, Garth Elementary School Principal Suzy Armishaw introduced kindergarten teacher Rachel Lukacsko.  Lukacsko and members of her class demonstrated daily math and reading activities.  The students were actively engaged in their learning and shared a special poem and song with members of the board and audience.  Fifth grade teacher Jon Salyer shared a presentation about the school’s recent inaugural Cultural Heritage Night designed to help students at Garth become global citizens.  The evening event was well-received with more than 150 families in attendance.  Each grade level selected an individual country to research and displayed important facts about its language, customs, and history as families stamped a passport with each visit.  Salyer expressed his appreciation for the community support that made the event a success.


During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Patricia Putty acknowledged 38-year veteran educator Marie Jones who was recently inducted into the Kentucky Teachers Hall of Fame.  Superintendent Putty next announced the Junior Achievement Volunteer of the Year, Karen Cropper, who has volunteered in the program in Scott County for 14 years.  Mrs. Putty gave a synopsis of the both the Aspiring Leaders Cadre and recent Collaboration Day for teachers in the district. 


Board members next approved consent items for minutes, common carriers, donations, fundraisers, fees, items for surplus, and grants.  Other items approved included a transportation agreement with Georgetown College, the athletic trainer contract, bids with Wal-Mart and Kroger, and school treasurer bonds.  Members tabled a motion to approve an athletic agreement with Georgetown/Scott County Parks and Recreation seeking further information.  They approved the FY17 farm trade agreement for the Scott County Farm with discussion about the future of the 80 acre property on Long Lick Road.  The board tabled the approval of job descriptions for consideration of revisions made to the job descriptions presented.  Next, members conducted a first reading of two amended policies. 


Board members briefly discussed redistricting for Great Crossing High School and received an overview of the applications for open enrollment from Director of Student Services Lynne Switzer.  During the January application window, 1056 students applied for open enrollment.  For each applicant, Switzer has verified the three criteria outlined in the board policy: a child of a contractual employee; a student currently open enrolled at the same school returning to that school; and a sibling of a student open enrolled at the same school who will attend the school next year.  There were 61 students who did not meet at least one of these criteria in grades 1-5 with 43 students requesting open enrollment for sixth grade and 46 for kindergarten.  As outlined in board policy, open enrollment requests beyond the criteria are considered with respect to building capacity and projected enrollment by grade level.


The Scott County Board of Education will conduct a Work Session on April 7, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.  The regular board meeting will take place on April 21, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex.  Board members voted to hold a special meeting on April 26, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Great Crossing Office Complex to discuss the new high school. 


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