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CIS Board Meeting Notes

By Calen McKinney
Campbellsville Independent Schools

Board members refinance loans to save $200,000
After the refinancing of some outstanding loans, Campbellsville Independent Schools now has nearly $3.6 million in bonding capacity for future construction.

At the regular Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, Board members discussed refinancing some current loans to receive a lower interest rate.

Bob Tarvin of Ross, Sinclaire & Associates LLC spoke to Board members - who also serve on the District's Finance Corp. - about the possibility of refinancing.

Two outstanding loans, issued in 2005 and 2008, Tarvin said, have interest rates at about 4 percent.

New rates, he said, if those loans were refinanced, will be about 2.35 percent. Refinancing, Tarvin said, will save about $200,000.

Since the loans are being paid for by the School Facilities Construction Commission, he said, refinancing the loans will give the District a bit more in bonding potential.

Any savings that are generated as a result of a district refinancing the loans go directly to the local district, Tarvin said.

After agreeing to the refinancing, the District's bonding potential stands at $3,475,000 in local potential added to $95,000 in SFCC bonding potential, for a total of $3,570,000.

Board members unanimously approved a resolution to refinance the current loans.

Superintendent's Report
In his monthly report to Board members, Deaton said test scores were recently released, and Campbellsville Independent Schools' students fared very well.

As a whole, the District is now Distinguished.

CES is a School of Distinction, making large gains this year, Deaton said.

The fourth- and fifth-graders at CMS are proficient, with the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders falling into the needs improvement category.

Deaton said efforts are being made to study that data to make sure those scores increase during the next round of testing.

And, CHS is a School of Distinction and, as such, is now ranked 19th out of the 228 high schools in Kentucky.

Deaton said teachers are working to replicate those scores this year, and improve scores with those students identified in the GAP category.

"I'm very proud of the work that's going on," Deaton said.

Deaton said the climate at CHS is focused on being college and career ready.

ACT scores at CHS are continuing to improve, he said, and students have surpassed several surrounding schools.

Construction Update
Mitchell Roe, a construction manager at Codell Construction Co., said the CES renovation project is going very well.

Progress is being made on the new cafeteria and front office.

Workers were able to make much improvement on the parking area, Roe said, and very quickly.

"These guys did an amazing job," he said.

Work on the project will now focus on flooring and the installation of doors and glass for the windows in the administrative area, and ceilings, an HVAC system and lighting in the cafeteria.

The bell is now hanging in the bell tower, Roe said, and lettering has been installed on the front of the school and in the back by the new cafeteria.

Academic Spotlight
Campbellsville Middle School was in the academic spotlight at the meeting.

Site-Based Decision Making Council members Katie Campbell, Jessica Lile, Sharon Harris and Don Dabney discussed test scores and other happenings at the school.

Campbell said she and the other teachers at CMS are proud of how students have improved their scores, but realize more work needs to be done.

"But it's important to know that we are headed in the right direction," she said.

She said CMS attendance is the highest in the region at 98 percent, and the school will now compete for the highest school attendance in the state.

Campbell said educators from Georgia recently visited CMS to learn all about what the school has to offer. The group was given a tour of the school, and observed teachers using personalized learning in their classrooms. CMS Lighthouse Team members welcomed guests and then met with educators from Eagle's Landing Middle School for a panel discussion.

Harris said teachers are compiling testing data to identify students who need additional help in content areas, and then adjustments to RTI classes are being made.

Teachers are stressing to students the importance of them owning their test scores, Campbell said.

Students today more than ever, Lile said, know where they fall when it comes to state testing, and teachers are helping fill any gaps.

"We're meeting them where they are," she said.

Campbell said CMS test scores are comparable to middle schools in the area, but teachers understand there is room for improvement.

She said student-led conferences are a way to help students take ownership of their grades, and have been working well at CMS.

As a parent, Dabney said, using personalized learning in the classroom has motivated his son to continue and taken ownership of his studies.

"Whatever it takes to get them motivated," he said.

Also at the Meeting:
  • The current district facility plan was approved as it was submitted by the local planning committee. The plans will now go to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval. The plans include the second phase of the current renovation project, which includes work at Campbellsville Middle School. A gymnasium was recently added as an unmet need at the school.

  • Brittany Johnson, a kindergarten assistant at Campbellsville Elementary School, received the Dare to Soar award.

  • Campbellsville Middle School students were honored as Academic Achievers for the month of October. They are fourth-graders Averi Perkins and Gabriel Noyola, fifth-graders Kayden Birdwell and Brianna Dobson, sixth-graders Briana Davis and Chase Hord, seventh-graders Riley Rainwater and Dakota Harris and eighth-graders Jasmine Mitchell and Clark Kidwell.

  • A pay request for renovations at CES, totaling $560,997.33, was approved. Several change orders were also approved, totaling $1,604.38.

  • Three bids were received for a landscaping package at CES. The low bid was awarded to local company B&B Nursery and Landscaping.

  • At out of state trip was approved for CHS teacher Susan Dabney to attend Advanced Placement training in Nashville, Tenn., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Board members approved a request for the CHS Marching Band to travel to Norwood, Ohio, to compete in a Mid States competition on Saturday, Nov. 5.

  • A shortened school day was approved for IEP eligible students.

  • Finance Director Chris Kidwell presented the District's financial report for September. Revenue was $761,047.79 and expenses were $2,423,623.83. Closing balance at the end of the month was $6,775,187.89. About $3.7 million is construction funding.

  • Kidwell said tax bills have been mailed to those who own property in the CIS taxing district, and Tax Collector Melissa Dooley is beginning to collect them.

  • This month's personnel report includes new employees Tommy Allen, CMS assistant football coach, Jordyn Bray, 21st Century student worker, and substitute teachers Stephanie Lancaster and Daniel Lyons; resigned employees Mike Harrison, CES custodian, Chris Huff, CHS Focus to Finish Academy teacher, and Leah Levi, CES instructional assistant. Samantha Coomer is now the CMS Future Problem Solving academic team coach and Natalia Warren and Katie Wilkerson are CHS girls' basketball assistant coaches.

  • Board member Angie Johnson was out of town and unable to attend the meeting.

  • The Board's next meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the CHS library. It is open to the public.

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