School board holds October meeting

Posted October 16, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Clinton County Board of Education held its monthly meeting last Thursday, October 11 with three of four active members present.

The board first approved board minutes, voted to pay claims and bills and approved between meeting disbursements, as well as approving several school related trips throughout the current school term.

Three reports were heard during the session, including the monthly finance report from Finance Director Mike Reeves; the Superintendent’s report by Charlotte Nasief and the attendance report for the second month of school by Director of Pupil Personnel Julie York.

The latter, which results were published last week, showed attendance for the month up by approximately a quarter of a percent from the same month last year.

Board Chairperson Paula Key then gave the monthly personnel report, as follows:

* Classified resignations: Lora Grant, teacher at CCMS; Danielle Hicks, elementary academic team coach at the middle school.

* Certified hired: Lora Grant, New Skills for Youth Team Lead, Clinton County Area Technology Center.

* Classified resignations: Tammy Brown, aide at Albany Elementary; Maricris Grider, Food Service Assistant II at the Early Childhood Center.

* Classified hired: Nick Irwin, 5th and 6th grade boys’ basketball coach at CCMS.

* Leave of Absence: Sara Pence through October 22; Janet Lovell, extended leave through November 26; Jessica Conner through October 22; Chasity Starns through October 26; and Shannon Shearer through January 21, 2019.

* Substitute teachers: Julianne Smith, Cindy Choate, Matthew Hunter, all district-wide.

On a motion by board member Kevin Marcum, the board voted to purchase two new school buses through KISTA, along with a resolution approving the purchase in the amount of $211,654.00.

The board, on a motion by board member Gary Norris, voted to approve the annual activity funds for each individual school and on a motion by Marcum, reviewed and approved the application amendment to the 2018-19 Non-Traditional Instructional Program.

(A separate article with information on nontraditional, or cyber school days, will be published in a later edition.)

The board also voted to enter into an agreement with the Green County Board of Education Adam Whitlock as Third Party Examiner for the Kentucky State Police to test applicants employed and trained by Clinton County Schools to obtain a CDL license and operate a school bus.

The board then voted to approve a shortened school day for students with disabilities, three students at Albany Elementary and one at CCHS for the current school year.

They then voted to approve the annual District Staffing Document listing all certified and classified positions currently established by the board.

The last action item on the agenda, which passed unanimously, was to abolish the following positions: one certified teaching position at CCHS; one certified teacher position at the ECC; two classified positions at the ECC, aide/recruiter (School Partnership Grant) one classified position, computer lab aide at CCHS and the classified position of Healthy Hometown Coordinator, the latter due to a grant for that program having expired, according to Supt. Nasief.

Under public comments, Walton “Chip” Haddix again emphasized the need for a nickel tax to help fund the construction of a new high school in the future.

In relation to Haddix’s comments, board member Norris requested that a recent article from the “Headlines in History” section of the Clinton County News be officially added into the board minutes.

That particular article was written by the late Professor L.H. Robinson in 1961, advocating the need at that time for a new high school building, but it was more than 10 years later before the current high school construction was completed.

Following the board agenda being approved as presented, the approximate half-hour meeting was adjourned.

The next Clinton County Board of Education work session is scheduled for Thursday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. and the next regular business meeting the following Monday, November 12 at 5 p.m. Both will be at the Central Office and both are open to the public.