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School board briefs

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By Stevie Lowery

 The Marion County Board of Education held its regular meeting on May 9 at the Marion County Area Technology Center. The following are news briefs from that meeting:

 

2019 Summer Dream Academy and Dream Bus

Marion County Public Schools’ Summer Dream Academy will continue this summer, as well as weekly stops throughout the county by the Summer Dream Bus.

The Summer Dream Academy was established in 2015 in an effort to prevent students from falling behind academically during the summer break. According to school officials, data shows that students fall behind when their minds aren’t stimulated over a long period of time, which could result in teachers spending as much as two months playing catch up when school starts back in the fall.

This year, there are more than 30 camps to choose from during the summer break, as well as activities and learning provided by The Dream Bus. A booklet with details on the Summer Dream Academy will be mailed to every household of MCPS students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The Summer Dream Academy will begin June 3, and continue until July 28, and there will also be 10 weekly Dream Bus stops. (Schedule is listed below.) The themes of the camps include art, brain games, career exploration, college planning, healthy lifestyles, Kentucky history, life skills, music, photography, reading, robotics, STEM, student leadership, team building, technology and transition camps.

There will be a kick off celebration for the Summer Dream Academy from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 31, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. (The Summer Dream Academy is sponsored by the Marion County Title 1 Program.)

The summer feeding program starts on May 28, and meals will be provided at various locations all over the county, as well as on the Summer Dream Bus. MCPS served approximately 16,000 summer meals last summer, which included 800 on the Dream Bus. MCPS has one of the biggest summer feeding programs in the state, according to school officials. 

The Summer Dream Bus schedule is as follows:

 

Monday

- 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon

- 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Bradfordsville City Park

Tuesday

- 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Raywick City Park

- 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Loretto Community Center

Wednesday

- 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cleaver Court in Lebanon

- 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Hamilton Heights in Lebanon

Thursday

- 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Village Loop in Lebanon

- 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Marion County Public Library

Friday

- 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Rosenwald Village in Lebanon

- 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Brookhaven in Lebanon

 

Executive session canceled

The school board planned on going into executive session during its meeting Thursday. However, Board Member Kaelin Reed was absent, and Board Member Carrie Truitt made a motion to exclude the executive session from the meeting’s agenda because the entire board wasn’t present. The executive session was going to be held to discuss proposed litigation involving the board of education. The board has received a subpoena from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

 

School safety

Senate Bill 1, the School Safety and Resiliency Act, was passed by the Kentucky legislature this year, and Scott Spalding, MCPS transportation and maintenance director, updated the school board on the district’s new responsibilities regarding school safety. For instance, school districts will now be required to provide a school safety coordinator. At its meeting Thursday, the board approved establishing a school safety coordinator position, and the job description for that position. 

The school district will also be required to provide suicide prevention awareness information to all students in grades six through 12 by video or live presentation. School staff will also be required to attend at least one hour of suicide prevention training.

Another highlight of the bill is that it more explicitly criminalize hoaxes and threats to schools by making such behavior a crime of second-degree terroristic threatening.

The state will also have a “school security marshal” who will enforce school safety laws and make annual school safety reports with findings and recommendations.

 

In other matters, board members:

• Approved a field trip for West Marion Elementary School’s Jr. Beta Club to attend the Beta National Convention June 14-18.

• Approved the FY20 tentative budget with an amendment to increase Section 6 instructional supplies to $140 per student.

• Tabled the 2019-20 salary schedule and the 2019-20 school fees so the board members and Superintendent Taylora Schlosser could have more time to review.

• Approved the Technology the School Facilities Construction Commission 3rd KETS offers of assistance for $14,294 with matching funds from the general fund.

• Approved the 2019-20 Curneal Hignite Insurance for property, general liability, inland marine, crime, vehicle, worker's compensation, umbrella from KEMI/Liberty Mutual for $350,351.32.

• Approved the 2019-20 Roberts Insurance for student accident insurance renewal for $87,464.30.

• Approved a bid from Strawbridge Studios for 2019-20 school photography services. 

• Approved the declaration of some mowers surplus/salvage.

• Approved the Franklin Covey Leader in Me FY20 GES contract for $6,650.

• Approved the Franklin Covey Leader in Me FY20 LES contract for $10,350. 

• Approved the Franklin Covey Leader in Me FY20 MCMS contract for $10,350. 

• Approved the 2019-20 parochial transportation contract with Marion County Fiscal Court.

• Approved the FY20 Community Education building contract.

• Approved the 2018-19 Kentucky High School Athletic Association annual verification of Title IX procedures.

• Approved the Achieve3000 data sharing agreement.

• Approved the Midway University memo of agreement.

 

• Approved the FY20 Read to Achieve memo of agreements for LES and GES for $94,400. 

• Approved the 2019-20 Next Step Counseling Services LLC contractual services agreement.

• Approved the 2019-20 Central Kentucky Educational Co-op membership dues for $7,258. 

• Approved KSBA training for Carrie Truitt on June 14.

• Approved KSBA training for David Cox on April 29 and May 23.

• Approved the acceptance of a donation of $1,641.69 for software upgrades from Marion County Economic Development.

• Approval the use of district property for the MCHS Alumni Football Game on July 13.

• Approved unpaid leave for Baily Miles from April 29 through the end of the school year.

• Approved unpaid leave for Lisa Carrico from Feb. 10 through March 3, 2020. 

 

Acknowledgement of personnel actions

Certified

• Acknowledgement of Sallye Thompson’s retirement as a teacher with Marion County Public Schools, effective July 1.

• Acknowledgement of Kristi Peterson’s retirement as a teacher at West Marion Elementary School, effective June 1.

• Acknowledgement of Lori Whitlock’s retirement as a teacher at Lebanon Elementary School, effective July 1.

• Acknowledgement of Alice Wheatley’s retirement as a teacher at Marion County Middle School, effective June 1.

• Acknowledgement of Sandra Cook’s retirement as a teacher at Marion County Middle School, effective July 1.

• Acknowledgement of Joyce Caldwell’s retirement as a teacher at Calvary Elementary School, effective June 1.

• Approval of Thad Elmore’s request to transfer from principal at Marion County High School to a district virtual instructor, effective April 29.

• Acceptance of Thad Elmore’s resignation as a district virtual instructor, effective June 30.

• Appointment of Annette Jones as a homebound instructor for a student at West Marion Elementary School, effective April 11.

• Appointment of Susan Shelton as a certified extended school services instructor at Marion County High School, effective April 9.

• Acceptance of Tiffany Riggins resignation as an emergency certified substitute teacher, effective April 29.

• The following certified employees received notices of non-renewal of employment for the 2019-20 school year: Lindsey Begley, Tom Bystrek, Rosalyn Howlett, Scott Moore, Susan Shelton and Angela Owen.

• The following certified employees received notices of reduction in salary and/or responsibilities for the 2019-20 school year: Jamie Bond, Kim Broermann, Tracy Cochran, Hope Dougherty, Stephanie Keeling, Mitzi Reynolds, Jeanne Smith, Kristin Spalding, Jill Thomas, Amy Young, Jeri Adams, Elizabeth Barlow, Charlotte Benningfield, Sydney Cox, Ashley Green, Kayla Hisel, Theresa Hughes, Mary Kaye Hutchins, Alicia Kelly, Pamela Marks, Lena Murphy, Kelly Rawlings, Jessica Veatch, Cindy Williams, Kelly Wise, Elizabeth Bland, Tammy Durham, Lisa Hall, Julia Jones, Tammy May, Ellen McFall, Elaine Murphy, Linda Owens, Patricia Reed, Shannon Richardson, Noah Swencki, Mary Leo Wimsatt, Joan Wood, Jan Bradshaw, Joanie Bradshaw, Cathy Edelen, Fran Hamilton, Annette Jones, Cathy Mattingly, April Montgomery, Eugenia Proctor, Shelley Spurling, Carrie Tutt, Kelly Allen, Deanna Bardin, Karen Cobb, Sandra Gribbins, Julia Hunt, Callah Kimball, Brenna Lenz, Scott Moore, Brittany Myers, Beverly Thomas, Vickie Vance, Rebecca Wood, Tonia Bireley, Leah Buckler, Philip Chatigny, Seidina Conley, Stephanie Gootee, Keith Hamm, Cana Herron, Candace Kimball, Freddie Leathers, Vivian May, Lisa Minor, Peggy Price, Kim Scalf, Elma Simpson, Kelly Simpson, Jamaal Stiles, Lee Anna VanDyke, Doug Brown, Jamie Brown, Greg Conley, Rebecca Costisick, Holly Cox, Jennifer Craig, Angel Janes, Benita Carol Nally, Sterling Newton, Kandace Potter, Jordan Reinle, Kristin Sexton, Susan Shelton, Chad Spalding, Lori Tucker, Emily Veatch, Tara Wade, David Robinson, Joe Crepps, Myles Durbin, Tom Sullivan, Stephanie Cissell, Joey Reed and Matthew Thomas.

 

Classified

• Acknowledgement of Rita Spalding’s retirement as bookkeeper at Lebanon Elementary School, effective July 1.

• Acceptance of Pete Craig’s resignation as a part-time custodian at Lebanon Elementary School, effective April 30.

• Acceptance of Aaron Mattingly’s resignation as custodian at Calvary Elementary School, effective April 29.

• Acceptance of Jamaal Stiles’ resignation as head cheerleading sponsor at Marion County High School, effective May 8.

• Appointment of Vicky Collette as a district bus driver, effective April 17.

• The following classified employees received notices of non-renewal of employment for the 2019-20 school year: Kendra Lyvers and Tony Tonge.

• Reduction in force of the following staff members: John Sparrow and Martha Spalding.

• The following classified employees received notices of reduction in salary and/or responsibilities for the 2019-20 school year: Carolyn Cox, Linda Farmer, Sue Wise, Veronica Alexander, Amber Snyder, Jamie Lawson, Jessica Lyvers, Theresa Calhoun, Donna Sandusky, Monisha White, Robert Spalding, Mike Holt, John Sparrow, Elizabeth Bright, Julie Caldwell, Dorothy Calhoun, Virginia Hardin, Margaret Stumph and Martha Willard.