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Adair Co. School Board April 15, 2010 meeting report
In the Thursday, April 15, 2010 school board meeting
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By Ed Waggener
In last night's Adair County School Board meeting, the board voted to fund trips by the Adair County A-teams at a a level equal to its support for the Macy's Band Trip, or $60 per student, for the A-Teams trips to the Quiz Bowl in Chicago, and to the Future Problem Solving International Contests in La Cross, WI. The total committed last night was $540.
Members of the A-Teams, including Sydney Bright, Kyle Castaneda, Chloe Cheng, Sarah McQuaide, Amber Turner, Rebecca Montgomery, and Ryan Montgomery present brief remarks.
Jackie Montgomery spoke for the parents, saying, in part, "Who knows what inspiration students, parents and teachers may take from these accomplishments and the knowledge that studying really can pay off in the short run as well as in the long run!" Click here for complete text of her remarks
Following up on a suggestion by teacher Pam Geisselhardt, Mr. Treece said he will look into using Title I Federal funds to help pay for the trip. Students who attend the competition would be used as Professional Development advisors to help train faculty to foster a learning environment with emphasis on the academic side of the school program.
"We won't violate any of the rules for Title I expenditures, but we'll certainly see if it helps."
He said that there is plenty of money in the Title I fund, while dollars are scarce in the general fund. "This is a constant problem in school financing," he said, "we have so many restrictions on how specific funds can be spent."
A-team parent Mark Bright told the board that he as the parent of a baseball player could remember when the board helped with a donation to help with the baseball field. "When you look at fairness," he said, "shouldn't you take into consideration the fact that the A-Team doesn't have to have special facilities and doesn't need uniforms. They only ask for help for the competitions." He added, "And is academics really what the schools are primarily here for?"
That argument seemed to carry a great deal of impact with the audience and the board.
The board will revisit the A-Team needs next meeting, to see if a larger share can be given to the outstanding Academic Teams.
Mr. Treece told the parents he agreed, and recommended the authorization of $60 per A-Team member, or $540, as an amount the parents and coaches could rely on, but with the promise that if more money could be found for the trip, the board would take a new look at a future meeting.
The A-team delegation had hoped the board would foot the entire $2600 needed for registration fees at the contests, and, as well, that there would be a reduction in the board's $1.50 per mile charge for school bus transportation to Chicago for the Quiz Bowl in late May. The students participating in the World Future Problem Solving event will travel by air to La Cross.
School Calendar for 2010-2011 adopted
The board adopted the 2010-2011 School Calendar presented by Assistant Superintendent Brenda Mann, which calls for school to start on August 4, 2010, with a full two weeks of Christmas vacation, and holidays on Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, and President's Day. School will be out on May 19, 2011, if weather allows attendance as scheduled.
Board adopts Dress Code for 2010-2011
The board adopted the Dress Code for 2010-2011. PRINTABLE VERSION DRESS CODE 2010-2011
Superintendent Treece presents map of campus of future
Superintendent Darrell Treece presented a satellite photo overlay of the Adair County High School campus of the future. The map details the present campus, as well as the locations for a new elementary school, a new soccer field, and a new bus garage. Mr. Treece said that all that is needed are the funds.
Timmy Corbin speaks for more space for Adult Education
In the public comments forum, Timmy Corbin made a request for more space for the Adult Learning Center.
Because of the high unemployment during the past year, the program is serving a record number of Adair Countians who in the GED program.
Superintendent Treece said that the board doesn't have the funds for expanding the building, but there would be improvements in the parking facilities this year.
He said that he and the board are acutely aware of the needs in Adult Education, but, with a shrinking budget, a larger facility is not in the offing right now.
Board approves accepting Energy Managers
The Board approved a plan to have up to eight energy managers funded by the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. The managers would monitor energy use as eight different sites on the campus.
Superintendent Treece also noted that Adair County students are taking part in solar demonstration project at Adair County High School, in conjunction with Lindsey Wilson College Technology Academy. Heather Bryant Spoon, an Adair County resident, is supervising the program. Read Duane Bonifer story w/2 photos: ACHS students install solar panels in project
"We may expand the solar energy project," Superintendent Treece said. And he added that a grant for a wind turbine might be forthcoming, which would allow the campus to benefit from a further reduction in utility bills. "I don't think we're going to eliminate our utility bill in the near future," he said, "but every reduction we can make is important."
Staffing formula approved for 2010-2011
The Board approved a staffing formula for the 2010-2011 school year, based on the lowest projections for state SEEK funding. But Superintendent Treece said the system hopes to maintain the same student/teacher ratios.
Consent agenda approved:
In the board's consent agenda, the following items were approved:
The meeting was lively and well attended. Chairman Floyd Burton (4), presided. Also present were Vice Chairman Greg Willis (1), and members Marsha Walker (2) and Chris Watts (3).
Information About Your Adair County Schools
The Adair County Board of Education holds regular monthly meetings each third Thursday, at the Adair County Board Conference Room, Board of Education Office, 1204 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY. Phone 270-384-2476.
Adair County Board of Education: Chairman Floyd Burton (District 4); Vice Chairman Greg Willis (District 1); and Members: Marsha Walker (District 2); Mike Harris (District 5); and Chris Watts District 3).
Superintendent Darrell Treece. School Board Attorney Jeff Hoover. Assistant Superintendent Brenda Mann, Instructional Supervisor Phyllis Curry; Anita Wethington, Special Education Director; Mike Akin, Title 1 Coordinator; Carla Perkins, Technology Coordinator; David Jones, Transportation Director; Ricky Bault, Maintenance Director; Carol Roy, Food Services Director; Renae Smith, Finance Officer. Becky Bailey, Public Affairs/Public Relations Coordinator
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