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Summer Feeding program begins June 5, 2017; School teachers (certified/classified) get raise in the amount of 1/2 of 1%...LOL

Motion made by Garnett Skaggs, second by Barbara Robinson with all members approving to set the vote on the new 'nickel tax' for next Fall.Motion made by Garnett Skaggs, second by Barbara Robinson with all members approving to set the vote on the new 'nickel tax' for next Fall.

The Lawrence Co. Board of Education met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Lawrence Co High School, Louisa, Ky on Monday, May 15, 2017. Those in attendance were Dr. Robbie Fletcher, Heath Preston Chairman, Garnet Skaggs Member, Jim See Member and Barbara Robinson Member. Absent was Maddlene Roberts. The meeting was then called to order.

Motion made by Jim See, second by Garnet Skaggs to approve the amendments to the agenda. All in favor.

The following volunteers were then recognized for the dedication and hard work they do to benefit the school children of Lawrence Co.

The awards for Outstanding School and District Volunteers went to Molly Meek of LMS, Atasha Hughes of LWES, Elizabeth Owens of LEES, Grace Fitch of LCHS, Brittany Bowen of FES and Jennifer Boggs of BES. Superintendant Fletcher commended all of the volunteers at every school, " Thank you for being ALL in with our kids" Fletcher stated. Blaine Elementary School will keep the District Banner for compiling the greatest number of volunteer hours.

The presentation for Jill York for the Patton Education Advocacy Award was postponed until the June meeting.

The Superintendent began his update with a sincere thank you to the community and all those that participated in the Scholarships/Awards Night for LCHS seniors.

"There were thousands of dollars handed out in scholarships and awards for our students. Our businesses sure came through for our kids. All the year end activities and advancement ceremonies at our schools were very nice," Fletcher said 

Information Officer Tommy Burns then updated the audience on the 1-1 initiative for grades 9-12. A committee has been formed district wide to determine policies and procedures the upcoming project.

Vernon Hall, Human Resources, then gave a brief overview of the changes made to hiring procedures that will be implemented next year. Hall said prospective employees will be able to apply and upload any pertinent documents on-line that are needed for hiring. Principals will be able to see applicants for each position.

Once again the Free Summer Food and Fun Program will be available this summer from June 5th - July 28th serving all kids ages 1-18 with breakfast and a hot lunch. The daily program will consist of 9-9:30 Breakfast, 9:30 to 11:30 Activities and 11:30 to Noon Hot lunch. Blaine Elementary School will host on Mondays and Tuesdays, Lawrence Co. High School on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Fallsburg Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Rhonda and Danny Ramey at Lawrence Co. BOE meeting. 5 16 17Rhonda and Danny Ramey at Lawrence Co. BOE meeting. 5 16 17Rhonda and Danny Ramey were at the meeting to again voice their position against the proposed nickel tax for construction of a new school.

"Don't get me wrong, we are not against a new school located in the center of the county. It's not the money -- its the location. Mrs. Ramey added that she would like the Board to consider giving the children Veteran's Day off next year.

Motion by Barbara Robinson, second by Jim See to approve the monthly Financial Report submitted by Brandi Vanhoose, Finance Officer. A meeting was set for May 30, 2017 at 6pm to discuss finance updates. A special 'End of the Year' meeting was scheduled for June 22, 2017.

The following agenda items were then addressed. Motion made by Garnet Skaggs, second by Jim See to approve the following requests.

* Per Diem and expenses for members present

* Contracts and Services: Renewal for 17-18 SharpSchool Web Hosting $ 8,252.00

* Renewal for NWEA 7-17 to 6-18 $29,850.

* Renewal of K9 Resources and Safe and Drug Free Services Agreement

* Agreement with Morehead St. University for dual credit program

* Memorandum of Agreement for Locally Operated Career&Tech Ed

* Agreement between LC Schools Food Servand Summer17 program

* Rental agreement for inflatables and LES, Inflatables Express $800.00

There were also several requests granted.

Fundraisers for LCHS

Use of facilities to LEES by Mountain Comp Care for Summer Camp Fun June 5-8

Trip request by LCHS Girls Basketball Team to Thomas More College for summer Basketball Shootout June 8-9

Request for assistance from the LMS Girls Basketball Team for new uniforms, Dr. Fletcher stated " It has been 7 yrs since they have had new ones" $3,440.63

Request for assistance with rooms for the FFA State Competition in Lexington,Ky.

Permission for the LC FFA to travel with Carter Co. to summer leadership training camp July 2017, Permission for LC FFA to use new district property for a garden

The next item on the agenda was to discuss and approve the Board's intent on its reaction to the Nickel Recall Petition. Dr. Fletcher informed the Board of four options available for handling the matter after a successful petition drive means the 'nickel tax' will go on the ballot.

*  The Board could drop the request for the tax.

*  The Board could hold a Special Election, which would cost the Board $30,000 to get it on the next ballot. (Actually it means the BOE can set the date 30 days after the petition is certified or any time in between)

*  The Board could ask the County Clerk to place it on the November, 2018 ballot and not pay anything.

*  The Board could challenge the findings of the County Clerk's Office regarding the petition.

Three time board member Barbara Robinson and Jim See were quickly opposed to the Board spending $30,000 at this time for an election, citing several projects that the money could better be used for.

Chairman Heath Preston proposed that the Board place the item on the November 2018 General Election ballot so citizens would have an opportunity to vote on the tax.

Motion made by Garnet Skaggs, second by Barbara Robinson with all members approving to utilize Option 3 (voting next November 2018).

The Board then reconsidered the selection of a vendor for the 1:1 technology update for grades 9-12. Lenovo came in with the best offer which also included shipping. Motion by Jim See, second by Barbara Robinson to approve the 2017-2018 Law. Co. Schools District Technology Plan to purchase these computers.

Motion by Garnet Skaggs, second by Jim See to approve amendments to the 2016-2017 School calendar

Motion by Garnet Skaggs, second by Jim See to approve Philip Hunt with Hall and Clark Insurance Agency as the Agent of Record for insurances

Motion by Garnet Skaggs, second by Barbara Robinson to award bid for banking services to Inez Deposit Bank

Motion by Garnet Skaggs, second by Jim See to approve pilot program FY18 for Family Resource Youth Service Centers

Motion by Barbara Robinson, second by Jim See to enter Executive Session for a discussion of legal issues (proposed and pending litigation) pursuant to KRS61.810(1)(c).

Personnel actions included in tonight's meeting. (See below)

Motion by Jim See, second by Barbara Robinson to approve creation, abolishment, and/or changes regarding positions.

 Veteran LCHS teacher and union Rep.Scott Osborn asking the Board to consider raises for faculty in order to assist with retention which is high. The board gave teachers and aides a one half of 1% raise. It is not clear if the raise will also go to administrative personnel. Veteran LCHS teacher and union Rep.Scott Osborn asking the Board to consider raises for faculty in order to assist with retention which is high. The board gave teachers and aides a one half of 1% raise. It is not clear if the raise will also go to administrative personnel.Heath Preston proposed to the Board to give an across the board raise to all teachers (certified/classified) in the amount of 1/2 of 1% . Motion made by Jim See, second by Barbara Robinson with all in agreement to raise the wages across the board by 1/2 of 1%.

"We rank 135th in the state. It's time we do something even if it is small," Preston said. "Payroll is about 77-78% of the budget."

A time and date was set for the Superintendent's Evaluation to June 22, 2017.

The meeting was then adjourned.


Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

May 15, 2017

Nonrenewal of Limited Contract:

Robert Allen - Math Intervention Teacher at Lawrence County High School (1-Year)

Carrie Tomlin - Teacher at Fallsburg Elementary School (1-Year)

Diana Thompson - Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School (1-Year)

Sarah Roe - Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School (1-Year)

Heather Bradley - Teacher at Louisa West Elementary School (1-Year)

Dana Bledsoe - Instructional Assistant at Louisa West Elementary School (1-Year)

Miranda Blair - Preschool Instructional Assistant at Blaine Elementary School (1-Year)


Dina Chaffin - District Resource Teacher and Gifted and Talented Coordinator (effective May 31, 2017)

Susan Compton - Teacher at Louisa East Elementary School (effective May 31, 2017)

Debra Call - District Special Needs Nurse (effective June 30, 2017)

Susan Hall - Bus Driver

Cassie Robinson - Full-Time Bus Monitor


Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Creation regarding Positions and Extra Duty Service Pay

Request the following position be created effective May 15, 2017:

  • (1) Math Teacher at Lawrence County High School (1-Year)

Request the following Extra Duty Service Pay for Summer Programs be created effective May 15, 2017:

  • (1) Certified Teacher/Supervisor to work as needed to supervise students transported to Ashland Community and Technical College for Credit Counts Summer Bridge Program -- $100/day
  • Up to (15) Food Service Summer Feeding Workers to work as needed from June 5, 2017 through July 28, 2017 -- $12/hour



-1 #15 The Realist 2017-05-24 12:56
I see the voters of Johnson County got it right last night. Lawrence County would be smart to follow suit.
-1 #14 LOL 2017-05-23 16:42
Quoting Whatever...:
To "LOL" - I apologize. I'm sure big words like "lol" are pushing the limits of your 6th grade education. It was wrong of me to expect proper grammar from these people.

LOL, sticks n stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me...By the way, how do I get a English 101 police badge? LOL!!!
+1 #13 Truly 2017-05-23 02:46
1/2 a percent is like a punch in the face. At $8 an hour, classified employees would get 4 cents an hour. They are already some of the lowest paid, worst treated in the state. Seriously....a step in the right direction would be 5% or how about 10%? Other districts get cost of living raises and LC gets little to NOTHING! Don't pat yourself on the back BOE....the Board Office employees sit in their comfy chairs with their 6 figure paychecks and the teachers are some of the lowest paid in the state and have to buy classroom materials out of their own pockets. Classified employees are treated like a trash and are expected to be grateful for the scraps they are given. Want to know why the community is bucking the nickel tax? LC's misuse of funds and watching the "FatCats" get fatter. Maybe the community would be more supportive of the BOE didn't seem so corrupt!
-1 #12 Whatever... 2017-05-22 16:54
To "LOL" - I apologize. I'm sure big words like "lol" are pushing the limits of your 6th grade education. It was wrong of me to expect proper grammar from these people.
-4 #11 LOL 2017-05-21 14:54
Quoting LOL:
Quoting Whatever...: used "LOL" in your headline???? Is the writer 12?

Watch out ladies and gentlemen, the English 101 police are out issuing tickets. Only a nitpicking idiot would care about LOL being used in a headline. LOL, LOL, LOL...
+8 #10 Danny 2017-05-19 19:08
Time for a new school board next election. And time for a new principal at Blaine too.
+8 #9 The Realist 2017-05-19 18:11
This raise is just a ploy for the Superintendent to get a raise. I am sure his contract has a clause in it the stipulates that he gets the same raise as everyone else. Do the math, a raise on $110,000.00 is pretty good. A raise on $10,000.00 of 1/2 of 1% is not so good. Contract is open record.
+2 #8 LOL 2017-05-19 03:40
Quoting Whatever...: used "LOL" in your headline???? Is the writer 12?

+8 #7 Blaine 2017-05-17 22:04
This group on the board were locked in because no one ran against them. We're all at their mercy because they can do whatever they want. Someone from Blaine should run for a board position. Otherwise sit back and watch these bimbos waste our money and make stupid decisions.
-5 #6 Editor 2017-05-17 20:14
To Whatever:

Imagine, you reading an "unreal" website story. And then commenting on it incognito on what a real reporter is. Imagine that...
+5 #5 Whatever... 2017-05-17 20:07
Although this can't be considered a serious news site, this is a serious news story, not a Facebook post."LOL" is not an acceptable term in real news reporting. I don't believe a real reporter would use "LOL" or "laugh out loud". Now, run home to mommy...
-8 #4 Get right 2017-05-17 19:17
Quoting Whatever...: used "LOL" in your headline???? Is the writer 12?

Would you rather it said "laugh out loud?" What are you? 12 who cares? Everyone knows what LOL means.
+4 #3 Blaine Parent 2017-05-17 16:34
So LMS girls get money donated for basketball uniforms.And Blaine has to beg for donations.And the parents have to get out and make up money.For the new curtains for the stage.So the eight grade graduation can look nice.Shame on you board members.Blaine and Fallsburg Schools are always left out.And the new school that will be built.Will end Blaine and Fallsburg Schools.Everyon e needs to vote against this nickel tax!!!
+9 #2 Whatever... 2017-05-17 11:13 used "LOL" in your headline???? Is the writer 12?
+11 #1 LOL 2017-05-17 02:29
1/2% raise. WHAT A SLAP IN THE FACE!!!!. Mr. Preston,You are a Joke.

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