February 25, 2015
Update on Google Snowbound classes, upcoming Community Town Halls discussed…
School calendar tabled
LOUISA — The Lawrence County Board of Education tabled, after much discussion, the 2015-16 School Calendar, received an update on Google Classroom Snowbound Learning Days, and heard about planned upcoming Community Town Halls planned by district staff to gain firsthand information and input from school staff and stakeholders at all schools.
After a 20 minute-plus discussion with Director of Pupil Personnel Vernon Hall, the board voted not to accept the ’15-’16 School Calendar and then voted to table discussion to revisit the topic at the next special meeting which is targeted for March.
The Board also heard from Dr. Fletcher during the regular communication segment as he let them know about the Town Hall days planned for next month.
“Mrs. Rhonda Colvin has been busy putting these Town Hall days together and they will take place at the end of March and will give staff an opportunity to share with us how we can better address their needs,” said Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher of the Town Hall meetings.
He emphasized that the occasions offer an opportunity for all district administrative staff to hear from school personnel face to face and improve communication.
Along the same line, Board Chairman D. Heath Preston suggested during the public comment section that the board consider amending the planned locations of meetings to hold one board meeting per calendar year in Fallsburg and one in Blaine to offer residents of those communities a better opportunity to participate in meetings. Dr. Fletcher suggested that such a change could also provide an opportunity for each of those schools to showcase achievements by students and staff and show off their school.
Chairman Preston also initiated a discussion about starting a campaign against truancy and also adopting a stronger stance regarding drugs in schools.
“If we raise attendance just one percent, it is better than raising taxes and if we can do it, we don’t have to raise taxes. Truancy really hurts us as a district. I think we also need to take a strong stance on the drug issue and that students know if they bring drugs into school they will receive a strong penalty,” Preston said to the rest of the board members.
The board took no action on the discussion but did agree to revisit it at a later date.
The board also postponed student and staff recognition until the regular March meeting due to weather related difficulties getting staff and students to the meeting.
Superintendent’s personnel report
Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Abolishment and Creation regarding Positions
Request the following position be abolished:
- (1) Custodian at Fallsburg Elementary School
Request the following position be created:
- (1) Itinerant Custodian at Fallsburg Elementary School and Louisa West Elementary School