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Adair County Board of Education meeting 16 Mar 2017

In last night's meeting:
  • ACPC students provide delightful program for guests
  • Bid for Adair County High School new roof system awarded to lowest bidder -$330,600
  • Dr. Stephens announces change in Work Ready Funds grant focus, asks board to review salary schedule to reward teachers
  • Board Chair appoints self to Superintendent Search Committee
  • C.H.I.E.F Nation Early HS Completion Format adopted
  • Board approves Consent Agenda unanimously

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By Ed Waggener

A very large crowd was on hand for the Thursday, March 16, 2017, monthly meeting of the Adair County School Board, held at the Adair County Primary Center. The meeting began with a presentation by groups of ACPC students, to cheer delight of all present. Board Action included several major actions, including disciplinary action - expulsion - for two students identified only by numbers, approval of a new roof system for Adair County High School, approval of "Chief" nation, and early graduation program which allows qualifying students to be on the rolls of the high school until graduation but allowing a great deal of latitude for work, vocational training, and even military service, in the final semester.

Board Lisa Burton presides

Board Chair Lisa Burton (Div 3) presided. Board Members Terry Harvey (1), Daniel Adams (2), Jonathan Gaskins (4), and ACHS Board Member Lauren McQuaid were present; only Board Member Mike Harris (5), was unable to attend.

Architect Mike Sparkman presented the bids for new ACHS roof

Architect Mike Sparkman of Alt32 presented bids received for a new roof system at Adair County High School and recommended the work be awarded to Brid-Den Company, whose $330,600. bid was the lowest. Two other bids were received. Melsons Roofing, Columbia, KY, bid $343,848.. Insulated Roofing bid $403,77.00.

The bid was awarded to Brid-Den, and BG-forms were approved for submission to the Kentucky Department of Education. Mr. Jones said that as soon as the those are approved, the work can begin. Mr. Sparkman said that the work is expected to be done while students are on vacation, and will be completed by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Superintendent Stephens' report

Superintendent Stephens said that the application for Work Ready funds from the state has taken a new course. She said that Adair County apply for a grant coordinated with Casey and Russell Counties, for funds to establish a center for focused on producing health care professionals. Previously, the District had applied for grants to have an Industrial Maintenance training facility. The new center would be founded on a hub-and-spokes principal, with one county have the center and the other two being able to utilize it.

Dr. Pamela Stephens asked the board to review the District's salary schedule compared to other area school districts to reward the excellent teaching staff in the system. Action would come at a later date.

She said the the two-old-leadership academy, which helps faculty to acquire advanced degrees necessary to become principals and administrators, is continuing this year.

Board Chair appoints herself to Superintendent Search Committee

Board Chair Lisa Burton announces that she was appointing herself to be the Board's representative on the Superintendent Search Committee.

C.H.I.E.F Nation Early HS Completion Format adopted

Robin Loy, head of the Career/College Ready program at Adair County High School, presented the C.H.I.E.F Nation Early HS Completion Format, which allows early completion of high school.

Students who complete the program would attend classes through the first semester, would remain enrolled in high school in the second semester and would graduate with their class at the end of the second semester. In the second semester they would continue to be involved in spring sports and certain other extracurricular activities. But they can also have a job, join the military, or enroll in advanced vocational schools, such as welding.

The school system will have certain financial advantages under the C.H.I.E.F. program, such as state funding for average daily attendance.

The program will be take effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, applications are now being taken.

Financial Statements Approved

The board unanimously approved the financial statement presented by Finance Officer Renae Smith. The report showed a February 2017 end of month cash balance in general fund of $5,661,935.86, up from a beginning February 1, 2017, balance of $5,103,402.97.

Maintenance Director David Jones delivers Buildings & Grounds update

David Jones presented the building and grounds update, citing improvements to the softball and baseball fields. He reminded the audience and board of the attendance concurrent with the board meeting, saying that the playing fields had never look better and invited those at the board members to attend events and see for themselves.

He also said that the geothermal pumps at Adair County High School will be reworked, one at a time. He said that the pumps would be repaired as good as new for approximately 1/4 of their $20,000, each, price.

Two students expelled following executive sessions

The board expelled, in separate actions, two students facing disciplinary actions. The students were identified only by numbers, and the offenses were not made public. Both students will received instruction at home. The first was expelled through the spring semester of 2018. The other is expelled until the end of the spring semester, 2017.

Consent Agenda approved unanimously
The board unanimously approved the consent agenda which follows:
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Approval of Treasurer's Report
  • Approval of Payment of Bills
  • Approval to release The Adair County High School Logo to the Smithsonian's National Museum
  • Approval of Out-Of-State Trip By Adair County High School Baseball Team To Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Approval to waive fees for use Of Adair County School Campus for A 5K Fundraiser for Relay For Life
  • Approval of BG-4 Form on Adair County High School Boiler Replacement - Equipment only
  • Approval Of Bg-1 Form On Old Bus Garage Fuel Tank Removal
  • Approval Of BG-5 Form on Adair County High School Security Vestibule
  • Approval of BG-5 Form on Adair County Middle School Security Vestibule
  • Approval Of BF-4 Forms on Adair County High School Learning Lab Storefront and Lights
  • Approval Of BG-5 Form on Adair County High School Storage into A Learning Lab
  • Approval Of BG-5 Form on Demolition of Old Bus Garage and BG-4 Form on Demolition of Old Bus Garage
  • Approval Of BG-5 Form on Adair County High School Boiler Replacement, BG-4 Form On Adair County High School Boiler for Bluegrass Hydronics, And BG-4 Form On Adair County High School Boiler For Epperson
  • Approval of Pay Application #1 For Alt32 on Adair County High School Re-Roof Project
  • Acknowledgement of Personnel Action
End of Report for Adair County Board of Education meeting, Thu 16 Mar 2017

Information About Your Adair County Schools
The Adair County School Board meets at 7pmCT, each third Thursday, at the Board Conference Room, lower level, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY. Adair County Board of Education Members Terry Harvey (Division 1), Daniel Adams (Division 2), Lisa Burton, (Division 3), Jonathan Gaskins (Division 4), and Mike Harris (Division 5). Interim Superintendent, Dr. Pam Stephens; School Board Attorney Jeff Hoover. Dean of Students Robbie Harmon, Academic Dean, Phyllis Curry; Anita Goode, Special Education Director; John Shelley III, Title 1 Coordinator; Steve Turner; Carla Perkins, Technology Coordinator; David Jones, Transportation Director & Maintenance Director; Carol Roy, Food Services Director; Renae Smith, Finance Officer. Becky Bailey, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.

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ACPC kids delight audience at 16 Mar 2017 School Board Session

2017-03-17 - ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
The Adair County School Board meeting, held last night, March 14, 2017, in the Adair County Primary Center, began with a presentation by an all-star cast of born performers, including, in no particular order, Hannah Kotter, Samantha Oliver, Laramie Baldwin, Brady Karnes, Will Reynolds, Abby Maulden, Kim Pedro Pablo, Graham & Adely, Jason Collisons, Madison Burns, Pearson Dews, Nicholas Stearns, Alex Stotts, Carter Curry, Natalea Kaylor, Kantlee Harvey, Lily Myers, Addie Baker, Jaicee Reynolds, Jay Harmon, Sophie Terry, Kaden Burton, Patrick Oliver, and Suzy Kotter. Backs to camera Student School Board Member Lauren McQuaide, Sessions Clerk Becky Bailey, Board Member Daniel Adams (2), Interim Superintendent Dr. Pamela Stephens, Board Chair Lisa Burton (2), Board Member Jonathan Gaskins (4), and Board Member Terry Harvey (1). - EW

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Two polished performers: Adelyn & Graham

2017-03-17 - ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
Two polished performers, Adelyn, left, and Graham, explained, in terms adults could understand, about the "Can Do's" at Adair County Primary Center, at the Thursday, March 16, 2017, Adair County School Board meeting.

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Bonner Scholar Lindsey Daniel learned value of Camp Casey

2017-03-17 - Adair County Primary Center, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholar Lindsey Daniel of Russell County, KY, told those in attendance at the March 16, 2017, meeting of the Adair County Board of Education how important the work of the Camp Casey program is. "She volunteers in Camp Casey and the impact of that program is what she credits for educating her to the needs of our communities children," Dana Harmon, Camp Casey Director, said. "Unlike the Family Resource Center, 21stCCLC CAMP CASEY addresses the academic needs of our students throughout school time programs before and after school and in the summer. After school students get a snack and during the summer they get hot breakfast and lunch through the USDA school meals program."

Director Harmon shared the words Lindsay Daniels spoke at the Thursday, 17 Mar 2017 Adair County School Board session:

"Prior to serving at Camp Casey, I wasn't aware that 27% of Adair County residents are living in poverty. However, when a little girl was caught sneaking a leftover Rice Krispies treat into her backpack just so she would have something for dinner, I saw that statistic in action. I wasn't aware that only 15.9% of residents have college degrees, But that was brought to life for me when I learned that the assistance I provide during homework help is the only way that a child will learn how to spell words like "cat, dodge, truck. . . Through serving at Camp Casey, I've been inspired to pursue a career in counseling to ensure that future students know that they are worthy of being invested in. The future of this community lies in the hands of the students that we serve on a day-to-day basis. Only 75% of the residents in Columbia graduate high school or have a GED, but the encouragement, attention and example we exhibit to the students at ACPC could inspire them to to recognize the importance of attending college and giving back. While it is understood that we are there to inspire the students, it is actually the students who are inspiring us to continue making a difference."
Lindsay R. Daniel, Lindsey Wilson College, Class of 2019

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Camp Casey presentation: Master Will Reynolds

2017-03-18 - ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
Will Reynolds was right at home with the mike as he told the crowd at the Thursday, March 17, 2017 Adair County Board of Education about Camp Casey in a very entertaining fashion. Waiting his turn, left, is Trip Stotts. - EW

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Sophie Terry presents tips on behavior

2017-03-18 - ACPC, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
Sophie Terry presented her part in Reading Eggs, Tips on Behavior, at the Adair County Board of Education March session, held at her school, Adair County Primary Center, on Thursday, March 16, 2017. - EW

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