In a continuing effort toward creating a collaborative culture, please find a summary of the Scott County Board of Education meeting on July 16, 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 July 16, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School. During the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Patricia Putty introduced Maurice Chappell as the new Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning and Dwayne Ellison as the new Director of Maintenance before sharing results of the TELL survey. This survey assesses working conditions for certified teachers throughout the state of Kentucky. In 2015, Scott County had 632 individuals eligible to take the voluntary survey with a participation rate of 78.96%. The survey asks a variety of questions related to eight standards: time, facilities and resources, community support and involvement, managing student conduct, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, and instructional practices and support. Scott County schools showed an increase in every area related to facilities and resources and exceeded state averages in questions related to both facilities/resources and community support and involvement. In Scott County, 90.6% of teachers feel they are effective leaders in their schools. View complete results of this bi-annual survey: www.tellkentucky.org.
In other business, board members approved minutes, common carriers, donations, fundraisers, and items for surplus. Next, Assistant Director of Maintenance Jim McClanahan shared the district energy management plan with an overview of energy conservation efforts like HVAC and LED lighting projects. Last year Scott County Schools successful achieved three goals identified for energy management with a 5.1% reduction in cost and cost avoidance of $2 million. All schools have earned distinction as Energy Star facilities. Scott County Schools ranks fifth in the state for energy conservation.
Board members held a first reading of the 2015 Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) policy update before approving the 2015-2016 Student Code of Acceptable Behavior and Student Teacher Contracts. Other action items included approval of an athletic agreement with Scott County Parks and Recreation, approval of the Kentucky Graduated Licensing Program agreement, and discussion and approval of GASB 54 committed funds which included money to be set aside to equip Great Crossing High School.
The Scott County Board of Education approved the site work package construction documents for Great Crossing High School. Items related to the storm sewer, grading, and gravel for the Frankfort Road site will expedite the construction schedule of the high school facility scheduled to open for 700 students in August 2017. Board members discussed the timeline for construction of Great Crossing High School which is ahead of schedule. We are now awaiting approval of the design documents submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education. Members narrowed the list of community submissions for the mascot of Great Crossing High School. This list will soon be available for community vote at the Scott County Schools website: www.scott.kyschools.us.
Director of Facilities Mike Luscher provided an update on the structural repairs to Garth Elementary School which will be complete prior to the start of school on August 5, 2015. Next, board members discussed the facilitator process as well as the timeline for the Superintendent search which will include a series of community forums in September 2015. Specific information regarding the forums will be announced when finalized. Members also discussed a committee formed to study the athletic program for Scott County High School and Great Crossing High School. The Scott County Board of Education will hold a work session on August 6, 2015 at 6:30pm at Georgetown Middle School.