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July 22, 2014

Lawrence County video on KET; Fletcher assisting with county college project, School starts Aug. 4 for students...

District breakfast planned for Aug. 1; West questions raises...

 

BOE members and Supt. Robbie Fletcher go over business at Fletcher's first regular board meeting.BOE members and Supt. Robbie Fletcher go over business at Fletcher's first regular board meeting.

By Catrina Vargo

The Lawrence County Board of Education met Monday, July 21 at 6 pm in the LCHS Library. After the Pledge of Allegiance was said, Board Chairman, Jim See, called the meeting to order.

Under Communication items, The Superintendent's Update was discussed first, after the approval of a temporary secretary in which a motion was made by Madelyn Roberts and seconded by Barbara Robinson.   Dr. Fletcher said he recently met with all the principals and said he appreciated their sincere input and delivering a team effort.

"I'm very proud of the work they put in," he said.

Fletcher spoke about the Academic Team, saying that Mr. Dixon is making it even better.  

"The elementary school will get to travel, and the Superintendent as well as Central Office personnel will take part in some meets," Fletcher, who was part of a national championship contender as a member of his high school academic team, said.

Other processes and implementations discussed and approved included the Learning Walk Cycle, COCA, and response to intervention both enrichment and remediation. Fletcher said they need to make sure students are elevated to where they need to be, including those that are already at a distinguished level, finding ways to push them even further.

District Finance Officer Edris Humphrey answered questions from board members. Schools attorney Michael Schmidt is in the foreground.District Finance Officer Edris Humphrey answered questions from board members. Schools attorney Michael Schmidt is in the foreground.Developing a school dashboard to collect, organize, and display school level data clearly and concisely was discussed. "By October it should be clear where we are," said Fletcher.

The next category on the agenda was Community Connections. These included verification of property lines, Internet project updates, and the vision for an extended campus in the Courthouse Annex downtown.  

Fletcher explained that this is a project in which the county is attempting to house a college satellite site in the now vacant annex, allowing students the opportunity to take college classes here in Louisa.  Judge Osborne has spoken to representatives of UPike about this project, and invited the Superintendent to be involved.

"I will keep you updated on this process," Fletcher told the the Board.

Fletcher has arranged for a district wide staff breakfast on Aug. 1, at 8:30 am, and is asking for sponsorship from area business partners.

Dr. Fletcher announced that he now has a Twitter account available for school announcements and information. He may be contacted at   Dr. Fletcher@ ALL_in_LC.

The floor was then opened for public comments.  

Ruth West questions BOE concerning raises reportedly given to central office employeesRuth West questions BOE concerning raises reportedly given to central office employeesRetired teacher Ruth West asked how much money was being saved in energy and utilities compared to last year.  

Fletcher responded that Mr. Salyer (energy consultant) has provided the Board with a report, but he was not present to explain it.  West also asked if any new positions had been created and if so, will they be listed? Business and Financial Director, Edris Humphrey responded "Yes Mam."

West also asked if any raises had been given, specifically three people in the Central Office.

Humphrey said everyone received a 1% raise.  West asked, "didn't some in the Central Office get a $2 jump higher?"  Humphrey replied, "I will have to look and see to know what the difference was from last year.  Some clerks received raises and some didn't." West said, "If we have that kind of money we should hire more teachers."

Deloris Adkins commented about the school calendar, in particular, fall break.

"Nobody gets to vote on it anymore.  The staff or teachers don't get to see it" she said.  Adkins said she didn't think a full week of fall break was necessary, especially this early in the game, after all the school that was missed.  I think it should go back to the way it was."

Board Member, Garnett Skaggs, mentioned security at the front door of Blaine Elementary. "There should be some sort of push button operation to let people in instead of someone having to get up and down. I think it would save a lot of time."

Skaggs also asked if they were going to get blacktop at Blaine School.  Fletcher said he didn't know.  She also said that a cook there that had been cut back to part time, needed to be added back full time for the meal process to be delivered more efficiently. No action was taken.

The minutes from the special meeting held on July 8, was approved, then the monthly finance report was announced by Humphrey.  

The beginning balance for June was $2,109,225, ending balance was $1,845,946.  The revenue for June was $2,437,683, expenditures were $2,822.415. Humphrey said most of the expenditures are payroll.  The carry over was $981,000.  "2015 will be built on $900,000, $81,000 above what was projected.  See asked what the contingency fund was, Humphrey said approximately 2.3%.

The Consent Agenda was approved with the exception of the energy report which was tabled until Energy Manager, Terry Salyer could be present.  Madelyn Robinson made a motion to approve, Garnett Skaggs seconded.

Requests were approved with the exception of the golf team assistant, which was tabled. Fletcher said it would be addressed at the billing level.  Ignite Radio has offered a proposal of partnership in which students could participate in radio broadcasting free of charge.

The first reading of an update to policies allowing electronic signatures in lieu of sick cards was discussed and approved as was the Section 504 and ARC Chairpersons for the 2014-15 school year.

New Business was addressed including equipment lease agreements, backhoe work at Fallsburg Elementary, and the installation of a gate at the entrance of the new turning lane into Louisa West. The gate will be closed after hours.  It will be made of two inch pipe, with reflective tape and a stop sign.  The cost is $2000 and will be paid for from the general maintenance budget.

Concerning the financial report, Chairman See said the bank statements should be included as part of a check and balance system. Humphrey said People's Security Bank includes copies of checks, but Inez Deposit Bank does not.  See said it is good to be able to see the check copies. Humphrey agreed and said that the auditor also wanted the back of checks copied to be able to tell who endorsed them.

Special Education Director, Rhonda Colvin announced that Lawrence County is one of three districts in the state on a PBIS training video on KET. 

 All districts in Kentucky will be using this video as a training model.  "It showcases Lawrence County and recognizes our students," said Colvin.

Student, Employee, and Substitute Teachers Handbooks were approved.  Board Member Heath Preston asked about the cost to produce. Director of Pupil Personnel, Vernon Hall, said it was about $1 each.  Preston suggested that money could be saved it they were provided electronically only.

The certified evaluation plan was also approved. Superintendent Fletcher said this is a 220 page document and he thanked everyone for the hard work that went into it, especially Cassandra Webb, Chief Academic Officer.

The Personnel Action/Update was the last item of business.  Two grant funded positions that ended will be reinstated; a P.E. Teacher combined for Blaine and Fallsburg. A Stipend grant has been awarded for a guidance counselor at LCHS due to extra duties being placed on the counselor.  It is a four year grant, to be sustained by the fifth year if services are still needed at that time.

Concerning the 21st Century Grant which will end Sept. 30, Board Member Heath Preston said "All schools need to get on board to reapply.  A lot of kids benefit from it."  The grant funds an after school and summer program.

Chairman See advised Superintendent Fletcher of his 30-day evaluation.  See read the information concerning the evaluation to Fletcher as is required by the state.  Fletcher said he is in receipt of all the evaluation information.

"I attended a training for new superintendents and have been assigned a mentor, Henry Webb, District Superintendent of the Floyd County School System.," Fletcher said. "There is a board that will oversee this evaluation of which Chairman See will be a part of."

The meeting was adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Lawrence County  Board of Education will be held Monday, August 18, at 6:00 in the LCHS Library.

ACTC Open House is July 28;

Ashland Community and Technical College will hold a ‘Stop by and Get Started’ open house on July 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus.  The open house will feature Julie Reeves in a live remote from the DAWG radio station.

“August 4 is the application deadline, and we want to help new students with their questions about entering college,” said Dean Willie McCullough. Area residents can find out about enrolling in fall classes, including the application process, programs offered, advising services and financial aid available for fall.

“We also invite current students to come in and register for fall classes,” McCullough said.  There are still openings in general education classes required for degrees and diplomas, and career programs in business/education, public service, industrial, manufacturing and transportation programs are accepting new students.

Classes start August 18, and new students must apply by August 4.  Applications are available on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu. For admission questions, call 606-326-2000 or toll-free 800-928-4256.

ACTC Career Options

ACTC offers more than 100 choices for people seeking new careers or university transfer programs.  ACTC students can begin preparing for nearly all of the US News & World Report 100 Best Jobs of 2014 either with transfer programs to area universities or with degrees, diplomas and certificates from the college.

Many of the programs listed below offer multiple degree, diploma and certificate options to help students find a program that matches their career goals and the length of time they wish to spend in college.  Additional information is on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu/academics under “Programs of Study.”

Business/Education Programs

Business Administration students can earn an AAS Degree with options in Accounting, Finance, Management and Real Estate as well as two diplomas and eleven certificates in fields such as finance, leadership, management , supervisory management and small business management.. Graduates are prepared for entry level business jobs or for university transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.

Computer Information Technology students are prepared to work with computer network environments. Choices include certificates, Cisco and Microsoft Networking Tracks and an AAS Degree with the Network Administration option.

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education students are prepared for employment in preschools, early intervention programs, Head Start, and healthcare and recreation centers. Choices include an AAS Degree, a diploma and five certificates.

Medical Information Technology prepares students for a new era of medical office coding and record-keeping requirements, including federal regulations and international coding standards. Students can choose from two diplomas, five certificates and a degree with administrative, coding, records and office management tracks.

Health Care Programs

Health care programs are centered at the College Drive Campus, although some courses are also offered elsewhere.  These selective admissions programs require the completion of selected college courses before being considered for acceptance.

New students can start this fall on courses required for application to the Associate Degree Nursing, Emergency Paramedic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care-Advanced Level and Surgical Technology Programs.

Students can also work on a Health Science Technology degree that prepares them for entry level jobs and that can provide a smooth transition into selective admission allied health care programs.

Industrial / Manufacturing Programs

The following programs are held at the Technology Drive Campus. Certificates focus on skills for a specific job, while diplomas provide a broader range of skills.

Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) students learn to service heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.  Choices include a diploma and four certificates.

Applied Process Technologies graduates are prepared for entry-level technician positions in chemical, petrochemical, refining, power and other industries.  The AAS Degree offers Chemical Plant Operator, Power Plant Operator and Lineman Technology options.

Electrical Technology students prepare for entry-level positions in industry and the building trades. Credential choices include an Industrial Electrician Diploma and three certificates.

Industrial Maintenance students are trained to fill multi-skilled positions in factories, hospitals, hotels, and other business/industry settings.  Options include a diploma and four certificates.

Machine Tool Technology students learn to set-up and operate computer controlled and mechanical machines for small machine shops or manufacturing industries. CNC Machinist and Machinist diplomas and three certificates are available.

Welding Technology graduates are prepared for welding occupations in business and industry.  Choices include a Combination Welder diploma and nine certificates.

Public Service Programs

Appalachian Studies is a certificate program that offers a multi-discipline, cross-cultural look at the people, traditions and creative output of the region.

Cosmetology graduates are eligible to take the Kentucky cosmetologist licensing exam. The Cosmetology building is located on Oakview Drive on the College Drive Campus.

Criminal Justice is for students seeking entry-level jobs or current employees who wish to advance their skills.  The AAS Degree has options in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Security and Loss Prevention.

Culinary Arts students prepare for careers in culinary arts, catering or institutional food service. Choices include three AAS degrees, three diplomas and six certificates.

Fire/Rescue Science Technology offers an AAS Fire Chief Degree, a Fire Chief Diploma, three certificates and Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) certification.

Transportation Programs

Transportation programs are offered at the Roberts Drive Campus.

Automotive Technology graduates are prepared for entry-level technician jobs in auto repair, maintenance and servicing. Choices include a diploma and seven certificates.

Diesel Technology students learn to repair, rebuild and maintain construction equipment, agriculture equipment, or medium and heavy trucks. Three diplomas and 13 certificates are available.

KY $10 GED Vouchers Available For a Limited Time

Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE)  has announced that beginning July 7, 2014, eligible adults may take each module of the GED test at the reduced rate of $10, as a result of $20 vouchers being provided to eligible individuals.

With the use of these limited-time vouchers, the full GED test consisting of four modules will cost only $40 instead of the regular $120.

“We are really excited for the opportunity for eligible adults to take each GED test module for just $10,” said Penny Qualls, Director for the Boyd County Adult Education Program located at ACTC’s College Drive Campus.  “We encourage everyone to spread the word about this promotion. It will only last as long as vouchers are available from KYAE, so people need to come in as soon as possible.”

The current version of the GED test was launched by the GED Testing Service in January 2014. The test, which is computer based, consists of four modules: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. This test allows for individual content modules to be taken one at a time.

According to Qualls, approximately 4000 adult residents of Boyd County lack high school credentials.  “We know that passing the GED test opens doors to the future by helping adults prepare for college and job training and to get better jobs,” she said. “We want as many of our eligible residents to take advantage of the opportunity as possible.”

The Adult Education Center offers free classes to help adults earn their GED diploma. For information about classes or obtaining the GED vouchers, call 606-326-2437 or 606-326-2457, email Penny.Qualls@kctcs.edu or click on Facebook.com/ACTCAdult Learning Center.

 

Lawrence County Board of Education Regular Meeting

'Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed'

July 21, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Lawrence County High School

Louisa, Kentucky

AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER

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

1.A. Approve Temporary Secretary

2. PLEDGE TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG

3. STUDENT/STAFF PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

4. COMMUNICATION

4.A. Superintendent's Update

4.A.1. Process Revisions/Implementations

4.A.1. a. COCA Meeting & Distribution to Board

4.A.1.b. Principal/Administrator Joint Meetings

4.A.1.c. Learning Walk Cycle

4.A.1.d. Focus on Response to Intervention (Enrichment & Remediation)

4.A.1.e. Focus on Academic Teams

4.A.1.f. Developing School Dashboard to Collect, Organize, & Display School Level Data Clearly & Concisely

4.A.2. Community Connections

4.A.2.a. Verification of Property Lines

4.A.2.b. Vision for Extended Campus in the Courthouse Annex

4.A.2.c.Internet Project Update

4.A.2.d. Sponsorship Sought from Local Business Partners for District-wide Breakfast for Staff: August 1 at 8:30 a.m.

4.A.3. Twitter: Communication Avenue for School Announcements and Information

Dr. Fletcher@ ALL_in_LC

4.B. Public Comment

5. STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES

5.A. Approve minutes of the July 8, 2014 Special Board Planning Meeting

5.B.  Monthly Finance Report

5.C. Approve Claims and Orders of the Treasurer

CONSENT AGENDA

5.D. Approve all Consent Agenda items, as presented:

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

5.D.2. Contracts:

5.D.2.a. Aaron’s Business Solutions with Fallsburg Elementary: $6,800

5.D.2.b. Memorandum of Agreement: Lawrence County Schools with Teach For America, Inc.

5.D.2.c. 2014-15 Contracts for Special Services

5.D.2.c.1. Physical Therapy: Paula Mitchell

5.D.2.c.2. Orientation and Mobility: Carey Moore

5.D.2.c.3. Orientation and Mobility: Karen Hinkle

5.D.2.c.4. East Kentucky Psychological Resources

5.D.2.d. 14-15 Northeast Head Start with Lawrence County Schools

5.D.2.d.1. Local Agreement for Cooperation on Full Utilization

5.D.2.d.2. Use of Facilities Agreement

5.D.2.d.3. Food Service Agreement

5.D.2.d.4. Transportation Agreement

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.a.4. Blaine Elementary School

5.D.3.a.5. Louisa East Elementary School

5.D.3.a.6. Louisa West Elementary School

5.D.3.b. Other Requests:

5.D.3.b.1. Golf Team request for assistance

5.D.3.b.2. Ignite 92.3 Radio/Expression Production Group Proposal/Partnership

5.D.3.b.3. Use of Facilities: Area beside high school soccer field (as used last year) by Lawrence County Youth Soccer League; August 1, 2014 through July 30, 2015; Myram Brady (insurance provided through September 1, 2014)

5.D.4. For Review:

5.D.4.a. School 2013-14 Annual Financial Reports (BES, FES, LCHS, LEES, LMS, LWES)

5.D.4.b. School Activity Fund Reports (eMeeting)

5.D.4.c. SBDM/Advisory Council Minutes (LWES, FES)

5.D.4.d. Energy Costs by Type 2013 and 2014 – Terry Salyer, Energy Manager

5.E. Approve First Reading of update to policies to allow electronic signatures in lieu of sick cards

5.F. Board review (with no action required) of updated procedures to implement use of electronic signatures in lieu of sick cards and review of update to Procedure 08.232 Waiver Application for Instructional Resource Assistance

5.G. Approve Section 504 and ARC Chairpersons for the 2014-15 School Year:  Principals, Assistant Principals, Guidance Counselors, Director of Special Education, Freshman Academy Instructional Coordinator/Reading Intervention Specialist

5.H. Approve 2014-2015 Nonresident Pupil Contracts

5.I. Approve Superintendent/designee to delay/cancel school

5.J. New Business/Other Action

6. PERSONNEL

6.A. Approve 2014-2015 Lawrence County Schools Parent & Student Handbook

6.B. Approve 2014-2015 Lawrence County Schools Employee Handbook

6.C. Approve 2014-2015 Lawrence County Schools Substitute Teacher Handbook

6.D. Approve update to Lawrence County Certified Evaluation Plan

6.E. Approve abolishment, creation and/or change(s) regarding position(s) for 2014-2015

6.F. Approve update to Lawrence County Schools 2014-2015 Salary Schedule

6.G. Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update

6.H. Orientation to Superintendent’s Annual Evaluation

7. ADJOURN

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