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LOUISA – At the Lawrence County Board of Education meeting at Fallsburg School on Monday evening, members of the board and the audience had the pleasure of hearing about progress and the sobering news about pending state level budget cuts.

BOE members @ Fallsburg meetingBOE members @ Fallsburg meeting

But they didn’t hear about the Board taking an annual four percent tax raise on residents.

The members of the board (minus Maddlene Roberts, who was out with an illness) opted instead to follow the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher and Board Chair Heath Preston to accept the compensating rate, which will keep operating budgets stable for the next fiscal year.

They also heard students Waylon Burgess and William Copley thank board members and Dr. Fletcher for a new flag pole display at Fallsburg as well as student Ryan Marcum offering thanks for the new floor in the gymnasium.

Teachers Penny Preece and Missy Edens updated the Board on the implementation of PACE (purpose/accountability/congruity/eyes on text-engagement). Dr. Fletcher elaborated about the PACE implementation, stating that it was an effort to move the center of learning responsibility more to the student.

He also recognized Mr. Matt Maynard, who was hired as assistant principal at Lawrence County High School. Mr. Maynard previously served at Louisa Middle School, Louisa West Elementary, and Louisa East Elementary schools.

Director of Special Education and Early Learning Rhonda Colvin shared that Lawrence County Schools’ pre-school programs received a 5 star rating out of a possible 5 stars from the Kentucky All Stars program in recognition of outstanding instruction and care for pre-school/early learning students.

Dr. Fletcher then brought the difficult news of announced pending budget cuts from the state department of education due to an announcement out of the governor’s office of a pending 17.4% cut in the budgets of all state programs. He outlined possible spending reductions to address this and the fact that the commissioner has pledged to try and absorb the impact of such a cut at the state level as much as possible.

Fletcher also apprised members of the discussions in the legislature regarding the reformation of the teacher retirement system and its potential impact on our district.

Dr. Fletcher was also appointed chair of the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative and stated that he would be attending KVEC meetings, and he was able to praise Lawrence County High School for transition from advisory council status back to site based decision making council status because of consistent performance on academic standards.

Dr. Fletcher expressed thanks to Sabrina Fyffe and Kay Ison, the FES school secretary and a retired FES teacher, for beautifying the Fallsburg building with carefully placed, hand painted quotes for inspiration and motivation of students, staff, and visitors. Principal Sara Bowen said it was solely Mrs. Fyffe’s and Mrs. Ison’s doing,

“They let me know what they’re going to do and come in after hours and just do it and it looks great.”

The Board got updates on the work of the staff focusing on Drug Awareness and Prevention curriculum, as well as a visit to Lawrence County Schools by newly inaugurated Morehead State University President Dr. Jay Morgan.

The Board appointed Mr. Jim See as the Board representative for the Local Facilities Planning Committee. After this appointment, the Board approved the names of the 20-member committee for submission to the Kentucky Department of Education.

The next scheduled meeting of the Lawrence County Board of Education is October 16, 2017 at Lawrence County High School at 6 p.m.

 

Lawrence Co. Board of Education September 18, 2017

Site based decision making council reinstated at LCHS; No comment on Meddings' suspension, resignation

Board Adopts compensating tax rate saving $166,000

The Lawrence Co. Board of Education (BOE) met at Fallsburg Elementary School for the monthly meeting. Those in attendance were Dr. Robbie Fletcher, Chairman Heath Preston, Garnet Skaggs Member, Barbara Robinson Member and Jim See Member along with several supportive staff members. Absent was Maddlene Roberts.

 From left: visitors from Johnson Co observing process, Rhonda Colvin, Brandi VanHoose, Anna Prince, Sara Bowen. From left: visitors from Johnson Co observing process, Rhonda Colvin, Brandi VanHoose, Anna Prince, Sara Bowen.
*  Motion by Jim See, second by Garnet Skaggs to approve the amended agenda


*  The following presentation and recognitions were presented to BOE.

Students William Copley and Waylon Burgess read letters to the BOE in appreciation for the new flagpole at Fallsburg school. The teachers, students and parents are so thankful that the flagpole has been moved and these two students are responsible for its care.

 Penny Preece and Melissa Edens at BOE meeting at Fallsburg Monday. Penny Preece and Melissa Edens at BOE meeting at Fallsburg Monday.FES student Ryan Marcum read a letter to the BOE thanking them for the new gym floor and what it means to the school.

Teachers Penny Preece and Melissa Edens reported on the progress of the PACE program's implementation. Penny Preece told the Board and public, "We teach different subjects and this program focuses on purpose, accountability, congruency and engagement. Students are made aware of why they are learning each step of the way. It holds the student accountable for the learning material."

The Board then welcomed Matt Maynard to his new position as LCHS Assistant Principal. "He will make a great addition to the Matt Maynard, new LCHS asst. principalMatt Maynard, new LCHS asst. principalschool," Dr. Fletcher said.  

"I just want to thank the Board for the opportunity to serve in a new capacity. I look forward to working with the students, teachers, parents and the Board," Maynard said.

*   In the Superintendent's   Communication portion of the meeting Dr. Fletcher spoke about upcoming projects.

"The next big ticket item that we will do is resurface and blacktop the parking lot at Blaine Elementary," Fletcher said.

*   Board's office employee Rhonda Colvin recognized the Lawrence Co. Pre-School Program.

"The program just received '5 Stars out of 5'," Colvin said.  "The teachers are diligent in preparing our 3 and 4 year olds for higher learning."

*   "We did a targeted spending freeze last week. I received a phone call informing us that Gov. Bevins' office may be initiating a 17.4% budget reduction for the upcoming year and how we could prepare in advance," Dr. Fletcher said. "The impact on Lawrence Co. would amount to approximately five million dollars."

4.A. Superintendent’s Update

4.A.1. Targeted spending freeze due to potential budget cuts
4.A.2. Pension reform concerns
4.A.3. Changes to reporting in state accountability for ’16-’17 results
4.A.4. Appointment as KVEC chair
4.A.5. Local Facilities Planning update
4.A.6. Notification of transition from Advisory Council to SBDMC for LCHS
4.A.7. Update on Drug Awareness/Prevention Curriculum work
4.A.8. KSBA fall regional meeting/training
4.A.9. Visit by MSU President Jay Morgan
4.A.10. Working with KASA as a mentor and EKU for observations

BOE members at the Fallsburg meeting Monday evening.BOE members at the Fallsburg meeting Monday evening.

All the items on the Consent Agenda were approved by the Board.

A5.D.1. Per diem and expenses for members present
5.D.2. Contracts & Services:
5.D.2.a. 2017-2018 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) and Lawrence County High School for implementation of Dual Credit in regards to the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program (DCSP)
5.D.2.b. All for Kidz Performance Agreement with Louisa East Elementary for “The Ned Show”; November 9, 2017; Anna Prince; no fee option
5.D.2.c. Superior Office Service, Inc. copier maintenance agreement with Lawrence County Board of Education: IR6000 #NSN20760; annual charge: $500
5.D.2.d. Continuation of Fidelity Bond for Superintendent Fletcher through September 2019; $1,611.49
5.D.2.e. Endorsement to insurance policy (CBP8129843) to add coverage of computer hardware/Chromebooks; through July 1, 2018: $482.00
5.D.2.f. Renewal of 2017-18 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grants for eligible schools: Blaine Elementary, Fallsburg Elementary, Louisa East Elementary School, and Louisa West Elementary (on-line application process by Food Service Director Cindy Hay)
5.D.3. Requests:
5.D.3.a. Fundraisers:
5.D.3.a.1. Lawrence County High School
5.D.3.a.2. Louisa Middle School
5.D.3.a.3. Fallsburg Elementary School
5.D.3.b. Trip Requests:
5.D.3.b.1. Out of State Trip Request: LCHS Girls Basketball Team to Sevierville, Tennessee for basketball tournament; Dec. 28 to 30, 2017; Melinda Feltner

The Sheriff's Collection Rate of 3% and the 2017-2018 Tax Rate of 55.2, which is the compensating rate on real and personal property were approved. Lawrence County's assessment was down by $36 million this year because of the drop in oil&gas and coal severance monies.

"The Board selected the compensating rate as opposed to the 4% increase. Overall, the 4% was projected to generate $3,445,946 in real estate and $909,684 in personal property. By taking the compensating rate, the projected revenue for the district would be $3,313,872 and $874,818 in personal property," Fletcher explained. "Overall, our Board voted down approximately $166,940 in additional funding by taking the compensating rate. These figures were supplied by the Kentucky Department of Education."

"According to information that can be found on the KDE website, the compensating rate is the rate, when applied to the current year's property assessment, excluding new property, produces an amount of revenue equal to that produced in the preceding year," Dr. Fletcher explained. "In other words, the compensating rate should bring in approximately the same amount of money as last year. Keep in mind, compensating and 4% tax rates have an inverse correlation with property value. When property values increase, these tax rates decrease. When property values decrease, these tax rates increase."

"Also, KRS 132.0225 allows 45 days for districts that are not adopting above the 4% rate to establish a final tax rate. Any district that fails to meet this deadline shall be required to use the compensating tax rate for that year's property tax bills."

"In other words, if the Board did not vote on the tax rate within the time frame, it is assumed, or rather assigned, that the Board will use the compensating tax rate. The Board did not want to add the extra burden of the 4% increase to our county members, so they took the compensating rate.


*  A Special meeting was scheduled for September 28, 2017 for a Working Budget/Discussion.

The Board then went into Executive Session for the purpose of a discussion of legal issues (proposed and/or pending litigation.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

September 18, 2017

Hiring:

Substitute Teachers

Kim Alger

Brandi Blackburn

Substitute School Health Nurse

Amanda Woods

Change of Position

Matthew Maynard - From Assistant Principal at Louisa Middle School to Assistant Principal at Lawrence County High School

Suspension

Still a mystery: Supt. refuses comment on the suspension and resignation of LCHS Bass Fishing coach Brandon MeddingsStill a mystery: Supt. refuses comment on the suspension and resignation of LCHS Bass Fishing coach Brandon MeddingsBrandon Meddings - Teacher at Lawrence County High School (1 additional day without pay). Dr. Fletcher refused to comment on the reason for Meddings' suspensation. 

"I do not make comments about personnel actions," Fletcher told The Lazer. Meddings has not responded to a request for comment. He is the Bass Fishing coach at the school. 

"We will post for a bass fishing coach, and at this time, plan to continue the program," Supt. Fletcher said Thursday morning.

Resignations

Brandon Meddings - Teacher at Lawrence County High School

Nicole Davis - Preschool Instructional Assistant at Fallsburg Elementary School

Ashley Caudill - Full-Time Bus Monitor

 

September 18, 2017; 6:00 p.m.

Fallsburg Elementary School

Fallsburg, Kentucky

 

AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER

Mission:  Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed

The Pledge to the United States Flag

2. APPROVE AGENDA

3. STUDENT/STAFF PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

3.A. Fallsburg Elementary Presentations

3.A.1. Students William Copley & Waylon Burgess: Letter to Board for Flagpole

3.A.2. Student Ryan Marcum: Letter to Board for Gym Floor

3.A.3. Teachers: PACE Implementation

3.B. LCHS Assistant Principal, Matt Maynard

4. COMMUNICATION

4.A. Superintendent’s Update

4.A.1. Targeted spending freeze due to potential budget cuts

4.A.2. Pension reform concerns

4.A.3. Changes to reporting in state accountability for ’16-’17 results

4.A.4. Appointment as KVEC chair

4.A.5. Local Facilities Planning update

4.A.6. Notification of transition from Advisory Council to SBDMC for LCHS

4.A.7. Update on Drug Awareness/Prevention Curriculum work

4.A.8. KSBA fall regional meeting/training

4.A.9. Visit by MSU President Jay Morgan

4.A.10. Working with KASA as a mentor and EKU for observations

4.B. Public Comment

5. STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES

5.A. Approve Minutes of the August 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

5.B. Approve Claims and Orders of the Treasurer

5.C. Approve the Monthly Financial Report: Finance Officer Brandi VanHoose

5.C.1. Bank Reconciliation Report

5.C.2. MUNIS Balance Sheet and Monthly Financial Report

5.C.3. Finance Update

CONSENT AGENDA

5.D. Approve Consent Agenda items:

5.D.1. Per diem and expenses for members present

5.D.2. Contracts & Services:

5.D.2.a. 2017-2018 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) and Lawrence County High School for implementation of Dual Credit in regards to the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program (DCSP)

5.D.2.b. All for Kidz Performance Agreement with Louisa East Elementary for “The Ned Show”; November 9, 2017; Anna Prince; no fee option

5.D.2.c. Superior Office Service, Inc. copier maintenance agreement with Lawrence County Board of Education: IR6000 #NSN20760; annual charge: $500

5.D.2.d. Continuation of Fidelity Bond for Superintendent Fletcher through September 2019; $1,611.49

5.D.2.e. Endorsement to insurance policy (CBP8129843) to add coverage of computer hardware/Chromebooks; through July 1, 2018: $482.00

5.D.2.f. Renewal of 2017-18 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grants for eligible schools: Blaine Elementary, Fallsburg Elementary, Louisa East Elementary School, and Louisa West Elementary (on-line application process by Food Service Director Cindy Hay)

5.D.3. Requests:

5.D.3.a. Fundraisers:                                                                                 

5.D.3.a.1. Lawrence County High School

5.D.3.a.2. Louisa Middle School

5.D.3.a.3. Fallsburg Elementary School

5.D.3.b. Trip Requests:

5.D.3.b.1. Out of State Trip Request: LCHS Girls Basketball Team to Sevierville, Tennessee for basketball tournament; Dec. 28 to 30, 2017; Melinda Feltner

5.D.4. For Review/FYI: (no action required)

5.D.4.a. School Activity Fund Reports: August

5.D.4.b. SBDM/Advisory Council Minutes (LWES)

5.D.4.c. Monthly Energy Report

5.D.4.d. CECC Grant Re-funded

5.E. Approve 2017-2018 Sheriff Collection Rate

5.F. Approve 2017-2018 Tax Rates

5.G. Set a special meeting for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Working Budget/Discussion (no action)

5.H. Approve to advertise for bids for snow removal on school property

5.I. Approve Request for 504 Shortened School Day

5.J. Approve Requests for Shortened School Day/Week Waiver for special needs students

5.K. Discussion of the District Facility Planning Process Checklist/Progress based on 702 KAR 4:180

5.L. Discuss/Approve the Lawrence County Board member selection to the Local Planning Committee (LPC)

5.M. Discuss/Approve the LPC members in accordance with Section 101 of the Kentucky School Facilities Planning Manual (KSFPM) (702 KAR 4:180)

5.N. Approve to advertise for bids for architect/engineer to complete the facility assessments and drawings per Section 102 of the KSFPM  (702 KAR 4:180)

5.O. Approve to enter Executive Session for the purpose of discussion of legal issues (proposed and/or pending litigation) pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(c)

5.P. Approve return to Open Session

5.Q. New Business

6. PERSONNEL

6.A. Approve updates to Lawrence County Schools 2017-2018 Salary Schedule

6.B. Superintendent Professional Growth and Evaluation System (SPGES) Update Dr. Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD

6.B.1. Standard 5 Managerial

6.B.2. Standard 7 Influential

6.C. Approve to acknowledge receipt of Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update

7. ADJOURNMENT