Superintendent evaluation scheduled for Dec. 20

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By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled its preliminary evaluation of Superintendent Donald Smith for 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the board office.

The board is choosing to conduct its evaluation in open session.

The Marion County Board of Education has had a practice of conducting a mid-year evaluation of the superintendent in addition to its end of the year evaluation. Because three new members will be joining the board in January, Chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew spoke with Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association, who served as a consultant for the board during the process of hiring a superintendent. Oder recommended that she speak with attorney John Fogle, who in turn, recommended that Carlew speak with the board's own attorney Bob Chenoweth.

Carlew said they concluded that it made sense for the current board to conduct the mid-year evaluation of Superintendent Smith, since they have been working with him the past six months, and for the new board to look at future goals for the superintendent.

Board member Brad Mattingly added that when conducting the evaluation, the board should keep in mind that it set Smith's goals for 12 months and they are six months into the academic year.

GES roof replacement bid approved

The roof at Glasscock Elementary School has had leaking issues since 2003. A variety of efforts have been tried to repair the leaks, and the Marion County Board of Education hopes that its most recent action will finally resolve the problem.

During a special-called meeting Nov. 30, the board voted 3-0 to approve a bid from Melson Roofing in the amount of $226,147 for a partial roof repair at GES. School board members Alex Ackermann and Bernard Miles were not present for the Nov. 30 meeting.

Melson submitted the lowest of the nine bids received on the project.

George Birk of RossTarrant Architects said the cool roof cap sheet is a "21st century technology" that could help GES receive an Energy Star rating.

ATC work is progressing, but may not be complete by Jan. 1

Architect George Birk of RossTarrant Architects told the school board during its Nov. 30 meeting that the renovation at the Marion County Area Technology Center is going well overall, but there have been a few snags. The work on the automotive and industrial maintenance labs are behind schedule.

Birk explained that there had been some condition change orders when a pit was found and had to be filled. He added that inclement weather did affect work a few days, but the work has fallen further behind than it should be. He said he would be talking to Isaac Tatum Construction about that.

Birk said the health sciences program would be able to move back into the tech center during the Christmas break. Health science has been taught at Centre Square during the renovation. Birk added that he expects the carpentry and welding programs will remain at the high school for the time being.

He also said that the renovation project has a healthy contingency fund, and as a result, he was recommending a change to the original plan. He is now recommending an epoxy-based floor be installed in the hallway near the industrial maintenance classroom. Originally the plan called for a cheaper floor.

District facilities plan committee appointed

The Marion County Board of Education approved the members of the District Facilities Plan Committee during its Nov. 30 meeting.

The committee will evaluate the condition of the buildings owned by the school district. That evaluation is then submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education, which will assess the plan.

The previous district improvement plan was used by the school board when it decided to move forward with the ongoing renovation of the Marion County Area Technology Center.

The members of the committee will be Superintendent Donald Smith, Stacey Hall (Marion County High School assistant principal), Robbie Peterson (Lebanon Middle School assistant principal), Donna Royse (Lebanon Elementary principal), Pam Marks (Calvary Elementary principal), Jessica Kondick (MCHS teacher), Lee Morgeson (Glasscock Elementary teacher), Pam Vance (CES teacher), Michelle Pierce (LES teacher), Lisa Nally Martin (parent), Tammy Thomas (parent), Brian Spalding (parent), Keith Farmer (parent), Scott Spalding (transportation director), Taylor Schlosser (assistant superintendent), John Arthur Elder III (community member), Jerry Evans (community member), Tom Lund (community member), DeLane Pinkston (school board member) and John Thompson (building/zoning official).

During last week's meeting, the school board also approved the revised Comprehensive District Improvement Plan.