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MCPS researching options for school nurses

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School board approves 2018-19 school calendar

By Stevie Lowery

All of Marion County Public Schools are currently staffed with one full-time nurse, but that could change due to the Lincoln Trail District Health Department ending its contract with Marion County Public Schools in 2019. MCPS staff are currently researching their options to see if it’s possible to continue providing a nurse in each school. 

In February, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department voted not to renew its school health contracts in Marion, LaRue and Hardin counties in 2019 due to projected budget cuts and limited staffing. Since then, MCPS Finance Officer Ruth Cocanougher has talked with several different groups that could help provide nursing services. Cocanougher reported to the school board at its meeting Thursday, April 11, that the groups she’s talked with include Family and Internal Medicine in Lebanon, One Cross Medical Clinic in Campbellsville and Cumberland Family Medical Center in Russell Springs. Spring View Hospital did not have an interest in partnering with MCPS, Cocanougher said.

Cocanougher said she’s still hashing out the details to determine what group would be best for MCPS to partner with for nursing services.

“I think it’s important for us to have nurses in the schools,” Board Vice Chairman Kaelin Reed said. “I think we need to look very hard at options to keep nurses at all the schools.”

 

Marion County High School graduation

Approved the date for Marion County High School graduation, which will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2.

 

2018-19 school calendar

School board members approved the 2018-19 school calendar. The calendar includes the following:

- First day for students: Aug. 8

- Fall break: Sept. 28-Oct. 5

- Thanksgiving break: Nov. 21-23

- Christmas break: Dec. 24-Jan. 2 (Jan. 2 is a staff development day.)

- Spring break: April 1-5

- Last day for students: May 17

 

Superintendent’s report

Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser reported the following:

• Planning for Marion County Public Schools’ Summer Dream Academy is underway. Booklets will be mailed home. The kickoff for the Summer Dream Academy will be held May 31 at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. 

• KPREP testing (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress) for third through eighth grade will take place May 16-18 and May 21-22.

• MCPS staff participated in Kentucky State Police Safe Schools Training on March 26.

• Through a partnership with the Marion County Public Library, Friends of the Library and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, every child, birth to age five, receives a new book at their home every month. To date, there are 643 children receiving books and 101 children have graduated from the program.

• School officials are collaborating with Stevie Gray to explore organic farming. Initial plans include a pumpkin patch for students of the migrant program and a butterfly garden for 21st Century 4-H program students.

• Marion County High School students will be having a “Bump Up/Bump Out Day” on May 29.

• MCPS will be working with local business and industry to have a Dream Career Fair on April 27 at Marion County High School.

 

In other matters, school board members:

(School Board Member Brad Cox was not in attendance.)

• Voted to award the bid for bank depository to Citizens National Bank. Community Trust Bank and Citizens National Bank were the two banks to submit bids.

• Voted to award the bid for copiers to Toshiba.

• Approved the 2017-18 Kentucky Department of Education audit contract.

• Approved the 2018-19 Roberts Insurance for Student Accident Insurance Renewal for $85,836.20 

• Approved Spectrum Enterprise Communications Solution’s proposal for voice services.

• Approved revised 2018-19 staffing allocation guidelines. 

• Accepted a donation from the City of Lebanon to Calvary Elementary School’s Beta Club for $2,025. 

• Approved the Skills for Youth Planning Partnership Grant. 

• Approved the 2018-19 Lifetouch contract. 

• Approved the 2018-19 SimplexGrinnell service agreement for $29,476.62.

• Approved the FY2019 memorandum of agreement for Lincoln Trail District Health Department. 

• Approved the transfer of property between Lincoln Trail District Health Department and MCPS.

• Approved the FY19 Communicare Children's services agreement.

• Approved a donation from West Marion Elementary PTO to WMES for $1,500.17.

• Approved the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council Drama grant to Lebanon Elementary School for $1,000. 

 

Acknowledgement of personnel actions:

 

Certified

• Acknowledgement of Mary Ann Yates’s retirement as a teacher at West Marion Elementary School, effective July 1, 2018.

• Acknowledgement of Gayla Kelly’s retirement as a teacher at West Marion Elementary School, effective July 1, 2018.

• Acknowledgement of Mary Kaye Hutchin’s retirement as a teacher at West Marion Elementary School, effective June 1, 2018.

• Acknowledgement of Jane Spalding’s retirement as a district gifted and talented instructor, effective July 1, 2018.

• Acceptance of Kathy Cocchi’s resignation as a teacher at Marion County High School, effective June 1, 2018.

• Appointment of Sandra Gribbins as a homebound instructor for a student at Marion County Middle School, effective April 9.

• Appointment of Lori Tucker as a homebound instructor for a student at Marion County High School, effective March 9.

• Appointment of Brenda McIlvoy as a certified instructor for extended school services daytime waiver at Marion County Knight Academy, effective March 27.

• Appointment of the following individuals as certified instructors for extended school services at Marion County Middle School, effective March 27:  Deanna Bardin, Allison Cooke, Brittany Myers, Carrie Thompson, Toby Tungate and Rebecca Wood.

 

Classified

• Acknowledgement of Marcia Yates’s retirement as book keeper at West Marion Elementary School, effective June 30.

• Acknowledgement of Karen Bradshaw’s retirement as district bus driver assistant, effective March 2.

• Acceptance of Osvaldo Cruz’s resignation as district migrant tutor and instructional assistant, effective March 16.

• Acceptance of Dalton Brockman’s resignation as a part-time custodian at Lebanon Elementary School, effective March 6.

• Acceptance of Pat Thomas’s resignation as district bus driver, effective April 20.

• Appointment of Pat Thomas as a substitute bus driver as needed, effective April 23.

• Acceptance of Jason Miracle’s resignation as district bus driver, effective April 20.

• Appointment of Jason Miracle as a substitute bus driver as needed, effective April 23.

• Appointment of Donna Browning as custodian at West Marion Elementary School, effective April 2.

• Appointment of Joey Peterson as custodian at Marion County Middle School, effective April 9.

• Appointment of Taylor Hardin as a district instructional assistant at the KY School for the Deaf, effective March 9.

• Appointment of Taylor Myers as a full-time bus driver from a substitute bus driver, effective April 23.

• Appointment of Kim Wittekind as a classified extended school services daytime waiver instructor at Marion County Knight Academy, effective March 27.

• Appointment of Nicole Hutchins as a district substitute instructional assistant, effective March 15.

• Appointment of Helen McKay as a classified daytime waiver extended school services instructor at Calvary Elementary School, effective March 13.

• Termination of Lisa Hood as custodian at Marion County High School, effective March 27.