Lawrence County Board of Education Special Meeting: Sept 28, 2022
The Lawrence County Board of Education held a special meeting and with a working budget work session on September 28, 2022, at 6:00 PM in the LCHS library. Board members Maddlene Roberts, Barbara Robinson, and Garnett Skaggs were present in-person, as Superintendent, Robbie Fletcher, Chairman, Heath Preston, and Jim See joined the meeting virtually. The next Regular Meeting will be held at Fallsburg Elementary School on October 17, 2022, at 6:00 PM.
Blaine School employees, Ms. Julie Cooper, Librarian/Media Specialist and Ms. Stacy Reynolds, Art/Music/VPA gave a presentation on the creation of the Blaine News Network (BNN). Their presentation outlined their need for equipment for the newscasting program. The news program will cover sporting events, academic team meets, school and community regular news, individual student success, and provide broadcasts on a YouTube channel. The BES staff will also collaborate with Mr. Prince’s LCHS news class for guidance on the new program. The group is requesting monetary support for new equipment to support the news class. Some of the new equipment includes a green screen, camera/tripod, wireless/wearable microphone, regular microphone, iPad and iPad pencil and safety case. Their goal is to encourage/teach students about the digital arts and digital journalism.
The Lady Dawgs Softball building, and upgrades will soon be underway. The start day for beginning work is for Oct 3rd, 2022, weather permitting.
Dr. Fletcher, Chair of the LSAC, discussed the charter school regulations. There are questions if it is constitutional, for local tax dollars to support charter schools in the state of Kentucky. Dr. Fletcher has also attended the KASS Summit, in Louisville, KY on September 28-29, 2022. The summit has discussed the legislation on kindergarten programs being funded for the full day and issues on teacher retention and pay.
The Claims and Orders of the Treasurer were approved for student learning and support services. Some the costs included fencing for the school campus, dues for the KY Association for Academic Competition (KACC), and dues for the KY School Public Relations Association (KYSPRA).
There were several items approved on the Consent Agenda.
The dual credit Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Ashland Community & Technical College (ACTC) and Lawrence County Schools was approved.
The Fallsburg Chaffin Property 5-year lease agreement; Oct 1, 2022- Sept 30, 2022, was approved.
There were several out-of-state trip requests approved:
The LCHS Baseball Spring Training Trip to Myrtle Beach, SC on April 1-6, 2023, was approved.
The LWES K-1 student’s trip to Noble Family Farms, Minford, OH on Oct 17, 2022, was approved.
The BES request for monetary assistance for the support of the news program in the amount of $3,303.65 was approved. LCHS Counselor, Scott Johnson requested assistance with payment for dual credit fees for LCHS students, for both ACTC dual credit courses and UK Next Generation Scholar dual credit courses, was approved.
The Blaine and Fallsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant modification, to reduce the monitoring form monthly to quarterly was approved.
Ms. Brandi Vanhoose related financial information concerning the working budget for the 2022- 2023 fiscal year. Ms. Vanhoose stated, “It is evident that students and instruction are a priority in Lawrence County Schools.” The categories of Instruction, Student Support Services, and Instructional Staff Support total 53% of the budget.
Also, the budget has the Contingency set at 3.9%.
The Fiscal Year 2022- 2023 Working Budget was approved.
There was a motion to purchase three buses using ESSER funds. There will be a new 84 passenger bus, and two smaller passenger buses. The purchase of these buses will allow Lawrence County Schools to be back on schedule.
The CTE Coordinator, Christy Moore was requesting permission to bid and purchase an anatomage table for the LCHS Career Technical Education program. The board approved for the bidding of the anatomage table, which will require 3 bids from separate vendors.
All residents are always invited to attend the Lawrence County Board Meetings to become aware of the issues affecting our students and schools. The meetings may also be viewed virtually through the public viewing link. A copy of the most recent Lawrence County Board agendas & meetings can be found on the current Lawrence County District webpage at www.lawrence.k12.ky.us.
For Immediate Release
For More Information:
Sarah Gauze, Public Relations Coordinator
Lawrence County School District
(606) 638-9671 or (606) 483-0862