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School Board provides updates on funding

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Contract will be drawn up on fence issue

By Ashley Zsedenyi

At the July 19 school board meeting, Superintendent Sam Sanders updated the board on a fence issue with Abraham Lincoln Elementary School neighbor Steve Hunt. Sanders said he observed the damage to the fence, which rests on the property line of Hunt and the school. He agreed to pay the cost of fixing it this time, but will write up a contract that any future repairs would be split 50/50 with Hunt, to which Hunt agreed.

In other business:

• Board member Norbert Skees asked for an update on the air conditioning issue in the middle school gymnasium. Sanders said the engineers are looking at the system to make sure it is operating properly, and that some ways to help could include limiting the number of people who attend graduation and to also to only allow entrance to the gym through the front lobby to minimize cold air escaping out the side doors.

Skees also asked for clarification of the dropout rates and graduation rates discussed at the June meeting. He asked if a sophomore doesn’t return for their junior year, are they calculated as a dropout and what does the school system do to ensure that student stays in school.

Director of Pupil Personnel Mike Brown said he and the school does everything in their power to track those students and keep them in school, but those that do decide to drop out are encouraged to pursue adult education to get their GED so that they are not counted as a drop-out.

Skees said he would like to see numbers of those who have gone to home school and those who have obtained their GED, which Brown said he would provide.

• The board also heard a report on the Read to Achieve Grant from Instructional Supervisor Amanda Reed.

Reed said due to budget cuts the funding for the program is being cut by $5,000 for the district, but that isn’t too large of a hole to fill with funds from somewhere else.

She said the program requires the funding of a full-time reading interventionist at each elementary school and that each school is required to give assessments to show the success of the program.

• The board unanimously approved the consent agenda, including treasurer’s report, LCHS student fees, bloodborne pathogen plan, 2010-11 student handbook, 2010-11 board meeting dates, contracts for speech therapy services, occupational therapy services and physical therapy services, and to accept sealed bids for excess Kids Crew equipment

• The board unanimously approved the Interagency Agreement with The Life Connection.

• The board unanimously approved the election of board officers for 2010-11, which named Sanders as secretary, Kay Bryant as treasurer and Renee Ragland as assistant treasurer

• The board unanimously approved the election of officers for the Building Authority - LaRue County Kentucky School District Finance Corp., which named Ronnie Chelf as chairman, Skees as assistant chairman and Price Smith as treasurer.