By Catrina Vargo
Louisa, KY -- The Lawrence County Board of Education met Monday, October 20, at 6:00 pm at the LCHS Library. The meeting was opened by Board Chairman, Jim See.
Lawrence PerkinsSuperintendent, Dr. Robbie Fletcher, called for a moment of silence to remember retired school bus driver, Lawrence Perkins, who passed away this month.
LCHS Art Teacher, Sue Schutzberg shares comments about student art projectLCHS Art Show Students were recognized. They were not present at Monday's meeting, but Art Instructor, Sue Schutzberg told the Board how proud she was of the students with disabilities, and their work. The VSA (Very Special Arts) which merged with the Kennedy Center's Office on Accessibility in 2011, helped to fund the art project, along with Crusade For Children.
Schutzberg said she would like to see this program in other schools. "I am grateful for the funding from these organizations," she said. "The students had a great time."
The artwork, which is currently displayed in the lobby hallway at LCHS, consists of several types of medium, including digital, acrylic, recycled, sculpture, and more. The art is for sale, most pieces are $30.
"Proceeds from the sales will go back into more art projects," Schutzberg said.
Dr. Fletcher said certificates will be presented to the students tomorrow (Tuesday).October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. Recently, Shawn Harper, a Motivational Speaker and Life Coach, talked to the students concerning this matter.
Harper, who was raised by a single mother in Columbus, Oh, and had some learning disabilities, never seemed to fit in. He was told by teachers that he was not college material. He attended North Iowa Community College where he played football and was recruited by Indiana
University. After graduating, he was drafted to the NFL, and has played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Rams. He now travels the country, sharing his experiences and inspiring others, especially young people.
Dr. Fletcher said, "The students loved his presentation. He really held their interest." Fletcher also said some students have approached him about about starting an anti-bullying club.
Other items under the Superintendent's Update included the CDIP Meeting, (Comprehensive District Improvement Plan) including students, Big Rock Planning, which breaks down test score improvement plans and strategies, and School Community Days which covers all school aspects.
"This is where we look at what are we doing every day to make our schools better. We want to become proficient in two years" Fletcher said.
Fletcher also discussed the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System trainings. "This helps build networks with other districts, and helps me as a first year superintendent," he said.
Vernon Hall, Director of District Personnel explains inclement weather days planThe Planning for Progress Committee was discussed briefly. The committee was formed to explore ideas of alternate instruction and bus routes in the event of another winter like last year. Director of District Personnel, Vernon Hall said they were now allowed up to ten days for inclement weather, but had to be very specific on criteria so it would count for students and for school attendance.
There were no public comments at Monday's meeting.
The financial report was read by Business and Finance Director, Edris Humphrey, and was approved by the Board.
The consent agenda was also approved which included expenses, Head Start Transportation Agreement, fundraisers, use of facilities, trip requests, and school activity funds reports. (See list in previous Lazer story HERE)
Chief Academic Officer, Cassandra Webb, presented the District Data Dashboard report and the 2014-15 Explore/Plan.
Other items on the agenda included approving a bid for school security, benefits for bus monitors, recommendation for LMS intercom repair, and Susie Rice as substitute ARC Chairperson.
New business was discussed as was personnel updates, then the meeting was adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Lawrence County Board of Education will be Monday, November 17, 2014 at the LCHS Library.
Superintendent's Personnel Action (10/20/2014)
Jordan Little - Custodian at Lawrence County High School
Substitute Instructional Assistants
Substitute Bus Monitors
Change of Position
Susan Hogan - From Guidance Counselor at Blaine Elementary School to Guidance Counselor with IDEA Duties at Louisa West Elementary School
Patricia Williams - Guidance Counselor with IDEA Duties at Louisa West Elementary School
Amanda Music - District School Health Nurse
Students from Lawrence County High School at the Young Women Lead conference.
Lawrence County and Lewis County High School students were among the more than 500 high school girls from nine counties in Kentucky and Ohio who attended the Young Women Lead (YWL) conference held October 14 and 15 at ACTC.
This was the second year that the conference presented by Toyota Manufacturing –North America in partnership with SOAR was offered in Eastern Kentucky. ”We’re here because we need students to think about becoming part of our company,” said Rick Hesterberg Toyota’s Manager of External Affairs. “We know a more diverse workforce is a better workforce, and we want to attract women into our manufacturing environment.”
“It is important for female students to understand that they can do anything,” said Lauren Ellis, a Fairview General Education teacher. “The conference treats them like rock stars. By making them feel special, we can empower them to do things they might not have the courage to try otherwise.”
MTV success coach Julie Marie Carrier was the keynote speaker, and radio personality Julie Reeves was the MC. Local women presented sessions on leadership, education, careers, financial skills, health, volunteerism, perseverance and social media.
“I thank the community and sponsors for their support of this event. They should know they are making a difference for these young ladies,” Coburn said. “In some cases this may be the first time they've been told they are special, unique and talented – and that they can be captains of their own journeys.”
Local sponsors were AEP Kentucky Power, Big Sandy Superstore, Citizens National Bank, Commercial Bank of Grayson, Community Trust Bank, Fannin Automotive Family, First National Bank of Grayson, Gibbs True Value Hardware, John Clark Oil, Kentucky Farmer's Bank, Kings Daughters Medical Center, Marathon Petroleum, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, Members Choice Credit Union, Our Lady of Bellefonte, PNC Bank, Print My Threads, The Gallaher Group, Tri-State Ophthalmology, Tri-State Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and United Way of Northeast Kentucky. Other area businesses provided support through in-kind gifts.
“Judging from the enthusiasm and excitement of student participants and presenters this year, we are well on the way to creating a ‘can’t miss’ annual event for high school girls,” said Dr. Kay Adkins ACTC President & CEO. “Planning is already underway for next year, because we believe this event truly can improve lives.”
Poet Imagines an Early Kentucky
Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Joe Survant will be at ACTC on Thursday, Oct, 30, to read and sign copies of his latest book, The Land We Dreamed: Poems.
Published in April 2014 by the University of Kentucky Press, the book is Survant’s first collection in over ten years. The collection serves as a vehicle to express the strong spirit of Kentucky and its people, with poems that envision the life of our predecessors from the first Ice Age hunters to late eighteenth century pioneers.
Using facts from primary texts such as seventeenth century missionary reports and pioneer journals, Survant weaves together stories that bring alive the struggles and triumphs of the early hunters, gatherers, pioneers and settlers of the land that eventually became Kentucky.
Survant will read selections from the book at 12:15 p.m. in the Mansbach Library on the College Drive Campus. A book signing will follow, and the copies of the book will be available.
The program, free and open to the public, is presented by the Library and ACTC Diversity Committee to commemorate Native American History Month. For more information, contact Matt Onion at ACTC, email: email@example.com.
Golf Scramble Raises $15,000 for Scholarships
“Many ACTC students will benefit from the scholarship money raised for ACTC’s first annual Golf Scramble on October 13,” said Golf Scramble Chair Dr. Bruce W Shaffer, DMD. Approximately $15,000 was raised for the scholarship fund administered by ACTC’s Foundation.
Corporate sponsors were American Electric Power and Eagle Distributing. There were 39 hole sponsors and 19 teams. The winning teams were: 1st Place – Marathon’s Catlettsburg Refinery, 2nd Place – King’s Daughters Medical Center and 3rd Place – Veolia Environmental Services.
Individual winners and the teams they were playing for were: Longest Drive on Hole 1 (Men) – Bubba Radjunas from Robinson Realty, Longest Drive on Hole 1 (Women) – Beverly Shaffer from Shaffer & Shaffer Family Dentistry, Closest to Pin on Hole 3 (Men) – Pat Hendrick from McKenzie, Wollery & Webb, P.S.C., Closest to Pin on Hole 3 (Women) – Dr. Kay Adkins from the Dr. Kay Adkins team, Closest to Pin on Hole 7 – Tim Tatro from Starcon, Closest to Pin on Hole 12 – Dr. Barry Gowin from the Dr. Kay Adkins team, and Closest to Pin on Hole 15 – Joe Stepp from Veolia.
“This was a great start on an annual fundraiser for scholarships, and we look forward to next year,” Dr. Shaffer said.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Flanked by more than a dozen legislators and retired teachers, Gov. Steve Beshear today ceremonially signed a bill to honor retired teachers in Kentucky.
House Joint Resolution 19, sponsored by Rep. Rick Nelson, of Middlesboro, declares the state’s support for its tens of thousands of retired teachers, and names the third week of October as “Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Appreciation Week” in Kentucky.
“I’m married to a former teacher, so I understand that once you’re a teacher, you’re always a teacher, even if you’ve retired,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are fortunate that our retired teachers continue to support our communities through volunteer work and mentoring new educators. We thank these teachers for their years of work in our classrooms and in our communities.”
“I appreciate our retired teachers for making our communities a better place, and even though they’re retired, they still do just that on a regular basis,” said Rep. Nelson. “This resolution honors them for their years they have devoted to educating Kentuckians all over this great Commonwealth.”
The Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) estimates that there are about 43,000 retired teachers in Kentucky. If each teacher worked in a school 27 years, that’s more than a million classroom years’ experience.
Retired teachers provided more than 964,000 volunteer hours in their communities last year, including collecting 28,000 items for local food banks and 5,600 bags of school supplies.
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