The Scott County Board of Education meeting on April 9, 2013 included a spotlight on Royal Spring Middle School, recently named a “School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Principal Shannon Gullett, along with students, teachers, and fellow administrators, showcased many programs which make RSMS unique. Students shared multi-media presentations about the school while Youth Service Center Coordinator Carrie Apple discussed a successful mentoring program which pairs middle school students with volunteers from Georgetown College. Middle School Teacher of the Year Willow Hambrick discussed the culture of literacy at RSMS; the school ranks 8th in the state in writing. Teachers also discussed the new teacher support system at Royal Spring and ways in which the team shares ideas and best practices among veteran educators.
Todd Stone, Vice President of the FFA Alumni Association, shared many activities supported by this active group of business leaders and community volunteers. The Scott County High School FFA Alumni Association has raised more than $275,000 for student scholarships. In other business, Energy Manager Jim McClanahan presented the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award to Board of Education Chairperson Roger Ward. McClanahan and Superintendent Patricia Putty represented Scott County Schools as one of only four school districts in the nation to receive this award from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Rick Culross provided an overview of the new online application process for employment with Scott County Schools and shared encouraging news from numerous recruitment fairs attended this spring. The Board of Education then heard and voted on consent items related to donations, common carriers, school fundraising efforts, and items for surplus. After a second reading, the Board voted to approve policy changes related to use of physical restraint/seclusion. Other action items included a farm trade agreement for the Scott County High School farm, change orders for construction of Lemons Mill Elementary School, and bid approval for a lighting upgrade project.
The Board of Education approved the lease of the Frankfort Convention Center for graduation of the Scott County High School Class of 2013 on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11:00am. The Board also voted to change the school calendar making May 21, 2013 a school day for students as there will no local elections held on this day. After approval of this change, the last day of school for students will be Wednesday, May 22, 2013, barring no further school cancellations.
Further business included a revision of the schedule of board meetings for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year. The Board approved two dates, April 22 and 23, for potential work sessions to discuss future plans for a second high school. A final decision will be made regarding which date the meeting will be held after checking availability of representatives of Planning and Zoning. The Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30pm on May 7, 2013 and a work session on May 14, 2013 at 6:00pm.
The Board approved the position and job description of Preschool Principal. The Board also agreed to accept Request for Proposals to begin research related to contracted custodial services at Lemons Mill Elementary School and the campus of Elkhorn Crossing School.
Prior to the meeting’s end, Superintendent Patricia Putty announced important upcoming events including the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Employee Awards Program, and Ice Cream Concert. The Superintendent provided members of the Scott County Board of Education with an update on legislative action related to dropout age and also discussed the current situation of KSBIT, Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust.