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Lawrence County Board of Education

Regular meeting

August 18, 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

2. PLEDGE TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG

3. STUDENT/STAFF PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

3.A. Kentucky Governor’s Scholars: Student Experiences

3.B. Class of 2015: Representing Bulldog Nation

3.C. Lawrence County Staff & Community Partners – Congratulations on a Great Start-up: “ALL IN”

4. COMMUNICATION

4.A. Superintendent's Update

4.A.1. College Partners: Extended Campus Opportunities

4.A.2. District of Innovation: August 20

4.A.3. Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit: September 22-23

4.A.4. Response to Intervention Focus

4.A.5. Mobile Dental Hygiene Grant Awarded to LC Health Department

4.A.6. Energy Costs by Type 2013 and 2014 – Terry Salyer, Energy Manager

4.B. Ad Hoc/Planning for Progress Committee Update

4.C. Public Comment

5. STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES

5.A. Approve Minutes of the July 21, 2014 Regular Board 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. Superior Office for Central Office copier maintenance: IR2200 #MPG22142 $575; IR5000 #MPL23317 $750

5.D.2.b. Louisa East Elementary with Jemika Bottled Spring Water, LLC

5.D.2.c. School Dude Renewal: $2,274.71`

5.D.2.d. John Nolan Photography services

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. Trips:

5.D.3.b.1. LCHS Lady Bulldog Basketball to Gatlinburg, TN for Christmas Tournament; December 17-20, 2014; Melinda Feltner

5.D.3.b.2. Lawrence County Agriculture Department to Kentucky State Fair & Expo Center, Louisville, KY, on August 21, 2014; Melissa Branham

5.D.3.c. Use of Facilities:

5.D.3.c.1. Louisa West Elementary parking area, restrooms and cafeteria seating area for Lawrence County Septemberfest 25th Annual Auto Show; September 6, 2014; Ted Kelley (Septemberfest insurance)

5.D.3.c.2. Louisa West Elementary classroom for Girl Scouts/Daisy Troop; September 1 through June 30, 2015; Brenda Copley (pending proof of insurance)

5.D.4. For Review:

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

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

5.D.4.c. Reading Recovery Grant Awarded to Fallsburg Elementary

5.E. Approve Second Reading of updates to allow electronic signatures in lieu of sick card affidavits: Policy 03.1231 Personal Leave-Certified Personnel; Policy 03.2231 Personal Leave-Classified Personnel; Policy 03.1232 Sick Leave-Certified Personnel; Policy 03.2232 Sick Leave-Classified Personnel; Policy 03.1236 Emergency Leave-Certified Personnel; Policy 03.2236 Emergency Leave-Classified Personnel; Policy 03.129 Bereavement Leave-Certified Personnel; Policy 03.229 Bereavement Leave-Classified Personnel

5.F. Approve permission to bid security for all six schools

5.G. KSBIT: Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust

5.G.A. Approve KSBIT Assessment payment option

5.G.B. Approve KISTA Participation Resolution 2014

5.H. Approve Unaudited Lawrence County Board of Education Annual Financial Report (AFR) Fiscal Year 2013-2014: Edris Humphrey, Director of Federal Programs & Finance/Treasurer

5.I. Approve 2014-2015 Tax Rates

5.J. Approve 2014-2015 Sheriff Collection Rate

5.K. Approve 2014-2015 District Indirect Cost Rate

5.L. Approve Originating Depository Financial Institution/Originator Agreement with Inez Deposit Bank

5.M. District Improvement Planning Committee

5.M.A. Approve 2014-2015 Board of Education representative to the District Improvement Planning Committee

5.M.B. Approve appointment of 2014-2015 District Improvement Planning Committee

5.N. Approve Non-Traditional Instruction Application (“snow-bound pilot”)

5.O. Review of Lawrence County Board of Education Strategic Plan draft

5.P. Review of Lawrence County Board of Education District Accountability Dashboard: Superintendent Fletcher

5.Q. Approve Lawrence County Schools District Professional Learning Schedule 2014-2015: Cassandra Webb, Chief Academic Officer & Professional Development Coordinator

5.R. Dual Credit Opportunities

5.R.A. Approve 2014-2015 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Dual Credit Program between Morehead State University and Lawrence County Board of Education

5.R.B. Approve 2014-2015 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Local Addendum for Dual Credit between Ashland Community and Technical College, Lawrence County High School and Lawrence County Board of Education

5.S. Approve 2014-2015 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Commonwealth of Kentucky for Locally Operated Career & Technical Ed Center/Department: $124,630.00

5.T. Approve 2014-2015 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Commonwealth of Kentucky for Lawrence County Adult Education: $112,495.00

5.U. 2014-2015 Transition Program Cooperative Agreement with Northeast Head Start

5.V. Approve 2014-2015 Nonresident Pupil Contracts

5.W. New Business/Other Action

5.X. Lawrence County School District Finance Corporation

5.X.A. Approve to recess the Regular Board Meeting to convene the Lawrence County School District Finance Corporation

5.X.B. Approve to re-convene the Regular Board Meeting

5.Y. Approve to enter Executive Session for the purpose of discussion of student discipline pursuant KRS 61.810(1)(f)

5.Z. Approve return to Open Session

6. PERSONNEL

6.A. Approve maternity leave

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

6.C. Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update

7. ADJOURN

July 31, 2014;

America's Backyard War 

By Glenn Mollette 

I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now. 

Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational. 

The Temple Mount is a place in Jerusalem that is thought to be one of and probably the holiest shrine in the city. The golden dome temple stands out from all the other buildings when looking at it from the Mount of Olives, which is thought to be the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. At the time of our visit the Temple Mount was under the control of the Palestinians. We were allowed access to visit but I didn't enjoy the visit for a second. The guards did not at all look welcoming and all carried machine guns. I was glad when we stepped off that property. 

The land of Israel is so small, about the size of New Jersey. Gaza is only 139 square miles and crowded with over 1.7 million people making it the seventh most densely populated area in the world.

The area is too small for such hatred and violence. With all that is going on in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Israel, how long will it take for the entire Middle East to blow up? Who will be the first to go crazy and set off a nuclear weapon? That will be crazy and the chain reaction will be earth altering.  

While all the war seems to be so far away, television once again brings everything very close and up front. Yet, we can still go to the ice cream shop or order pizza while flipping through the television channels or posting pictures on Facebook. 

Never mind that we are in a war right here in our country. You could take a little trip southwest and see the thousands of people storming the borders of our country. Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are in serious trouble as thousands of people from Mexico and Central America are coming here every day. How long will it be before it's the Taliban with four or five thousand thugs targeting a border city and fighting to take over that city? Currently, I don't think they would get very far. Or, how far would they get and how many people could they kill? 

America's southern borders seem far away for most Americans. Everything seems to be someone else's problem being played out on television. We turn off the television and breeze out the door to whatever we want. However, our southern border is essentially our backyard.

If America does not secure our borders fast the America we grew up in will not be recognizable in ten years or much less. 

We need to spend the trillion dollars or whatever it takes to better secure the Southwest part of the United States. Along the way we need our military patrolling the wall. 

I would rather build bridges than walls. But in this age there is an evil mindset that is determined to eliminate America's freedom. We have to build walls, seriously protect them and keep our freedom. 

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com.

America's Growing Nest, time for some to fly out;

 

By Glenn Mollette 

Flying never happens until the bird leaves the nest. 

President Johnson's Great Society is just over fifty years old. During this very long period America's great society nest has become huge and yet crowded. 

President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in January 1964. He then needed a poster child for his new campaign and chose my hometown - Inez, Kentucky. The famous TIME Magazine picture of Tom Fletcher and his family sitting on a porch with the President happened about two miles from my boyhood home. 

Life changed for America in many ways in the sixties. The Civil Rights act was vital and was an important piece of Johnson's war. Helping kids go to college was a crucial investment in America's future. In reality at face value it's hard to knock most of the programs that have became permanent American fixtures. 

Most of us know someone that has used Medicare, Medicaid, federal college help, food stamps, Head Start, Women and Infant Children and much, much more. With any thought whatsoever we know that many of Johnson's programs have been lifesavers for millions of Americans. 

The problem is how far do we go and for how long? Three fourths of our national budget goes to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and defense. I realize Johnson didn't start Social Security or our defense program. However, his administration produced about forty new programs and most of them in some form are still in existence. Government programs seldom go away. They just get bigger and need more and more money. 

I am all for helping people that really need it and are trying. However, there has to be a cut off time. Federal handouts can't go on for a lifetime unless someone is truly disabled. 

A lifetime of welfare is personal and national debilitation. 

One big problem is that all of The Great Society programs are enrolling more and more people. In millions of cases people hang on to their government support for as long as possible. More people require more federal budget dollars. These dollars come from the taxes of the American people. America is broke and going deeper and deeper into debt to keep our current programs going. 

The safety net programs of The Great Society era must only be safety nets with a cut off time. Millions should not be allowed to live in these safety programs forever. Whether it's one, two or even three years there must be a cut off time when the government says no more. 

There comes a time that every family must insist that every abled child financially care for himself. I firmly believe we must help every child succeed. This involves a major investment of our time and resources. Education and/or some type of training are vital to all.  However, the time comes and it's painful but children have to leave the nest. If they do not they will never learn how to fly and survive.   

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author.  Click here to watch Glenn Mollette's special TV broadcast on American Energy on American Issues.  Contact him at GMollette@aol.com.

 

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