The LaRue County School Board officially approved a contract with Hardin County schools during its Monday night board meeting.
The contract will help to meet the needs of any future hearing-impaired students in the LaRue County school system, of which there is currently one. Students will be transported to Hardin County for instruction. Instead of spending approximately $97,000 on staffing and equipment for a hearing-impaired classroom in LaRue County, the school system will only have to pay a proportional amount of money to use the services and materials of Hardin County schools.
For example, if Hardin County has a classroom with six hearing-impaired children, and LaRue County adds one of its own students to that classroom, LaRue County will only have to pay proportionally for that student.
Also approved at the board meeting was the renewal proposal from Curneal-Hignite Insurance. The cost of insurance for LaRue County schools will face an overall increase during the 2012-13 school year. However, according to a Curneal-Hignite representative at the meeting, that trend is increasingly present in the state of Kentucky. Public schools have faced more damage than usual in recent years, including the tornado damage to Morgan and Menifee County schools.
Further approvals were made for the policy and procedure update, the district assurances plan and other items such as a field trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2013 for LaRue County Middle School students.
The board also went over a report about the KOSSA test results. KOSSA is a test for career and technical education standards, and LaRue County schools saw both drastic increases and decreases in its success rate in particular areas of the KOSSA exams.