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Adair County Board of Education meeting 16 Mar 2017
In last night's meeting:
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By Ed Waggener
A very large crowd was on hand for the Thursday, March 16, 2017, monthly meeting of the Adair County School Board, held at the Adair County Primary Center. The meeting began with a presentation by groups of ACPC students, to cheer delight of all present. Board Action included several major actions, including disciplinary action - expulsion - for two students identified only by numbers, approval of a new roof system for Adair County High School, approval of "Chief" nation, and early graduation program which allows qualifying students to be on the rolls of the high school until graduation but allowing a great deal of latitude for work, vocational training, and even military service, in the final semester.
Board Chair Lisa Burton (Div 3) presided. Board Members Terry Harvey (1), Daniel Adams (2), Jonathan Gaskins (4), and ACHS Board Member Lauren McQuaid were present; only Board Member Mike Harris (5), was unable to attend.
Architect Mike Sparkman presented the bids for new ACHS roof
Architect Mike Sparkman of Alt32 presented bids received for a new roof system at Adair County High School and recommended the work be awarded to Brid-Den Company, whose $330,600. bid was the lowest. Two other bids were received. Melsons Roofing, Columbia, KY, bid $343,848.. Insulated Roofing bid $403,77.00.
The bid was awarded to Brid-Den, and BG-forms were approved for submission to the Kentucky Department of Education. Mr. Jones said that as soon as the those are approved, the work can begin. Mr. Sparkman said that the work is expected to be done while students are on vacation, and will be completed by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Superintendent Stephens' report
Superintendent Stephens said that the application for Work Ready funds from the state has taken a new course. She said that Adair County apply for a grant coordinated with Casey and Russell Counties, for funds to establish a center for focused on producing health care professionals. Previously, the District had applied for grants to have an Industrial Maintenance training facility. The new center would be founded on a hub-and-spokes principal, with one county have the center and the other two being able to utilize it.
Dr. Pamela Stephens asked the board to review the District's salary schedule compared to other area school districts to reward the excellent teaching staff in the system. Action would come at a later date.
She said the the two-old-leadership academy, which helps faculty to acquire advanced degrees necessary to become principals and administrators, is continuing this year.
Board Chair appoints herself to Superintendent Search Committee
Board Chair Lisa Burton announces that she was appointing herself to be the Board's representative on the Superintendent Search Committee.
C.H.I.E.F Nation Early HS Completion Format adopted
Robin Loy, head of the Career/College Ready program at Adair County High School, presented the C.H.I.E.F Nation Early HS Completion Format, which allows early completion of high school.
Students who complete the program would attend classes through the first semester, would remain enrolled in high school in the second semester and would graduate with their class at the end of the second semester. In the second semester they would continue to be involved in spring sports and certain other extracurricular activities. But they can also have a job, join the military, or enroll in advanced vocational schools, such as welding.
The school system will have certain financial advantages under the C.H.I.E.F. program, such as state funding for average daily attendance.
The program will be take effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, applications are now being taken.
Financial Statements Approved
The board unanimously approved the financial statement presented by Finance Officer Renae Smith. The report showed a February 2017 end of month cash balance in general fund of $5,661,935.86, up from a beginning February 1, 2017, balance of $5,103,402.97.
Maintenance Director David Jones delivers Buildings & Grounds update
David Jones presented the building and grounds update, citing improvements to the softball and baseball fields. He reminded the audience and board of the attendance concurrent with the board meeting, saying that the playing fields had never look better and invited those at the board members to attend events and see for themselves.
He also said that the geothermal pumps at Adair County High School will be reworked, one at a time. He said that the pumps would be repaired as good as new for approximately 1/4 of their $20,000, each, price.
Two students expelled following executive sessions
The board expelled, in separate actions, two students facing disciplinary actions. The students were identified only by numbers, and the offenses were not made public. Both students will received instruction at home. The first was expelled through the spring semester of 2018. The other is expelled until the end of the spring semester, 2017.
Consent Agenda approved unanimously
The board unanimously approved the consent agenda which follows:
Information About Your Adair County Schools
The Adair County School Board meets at 7pmCT, each third Thursday, at the Board Conference Room, lower level, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY. Adair County Board of Education Members Terry Harvey (Division 1), Daniel Adams (Division 2), Lisa Burton, (Division 3), Jonathan Gaskins (Division 4), and Mike Harris (Division 5). Interim Superintendent, Dr. Pam Stephens; School Board Attorney Jeff Hoover. Dean of Students Robbie Harmon, Academic Dean, Phyllis Curry; Anita Goode, Special Education Director; John Shelley III, Title 1 Coordinator; Steve Turner; Carla Perkins, Technology Coordinator; David Jones, Transportation Director & Maintenance Director; Carol Roy, Food Services Director; Renae Smith, Finance Officer. Becky Bailey, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.
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