School board meets Monday night

Posted May 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Clinton County Board of Education, holding its last meeting of the 2012-13 school year, finished out some end-of-year business, began planning for the next school term and recognized several students at its regular session Monday night with all board members present.

The board first recognized the CCHS Band, including members who had excelled in three band competitions, including the district and two Honors Band events, as well as all the other band members from sixth grade through high school.

The band, under the direction of Doug Sell, performed some 87 times this current school year. (A listing of all the band members can be found at the end of this article.)

Also recognized were four FCCLA Region 14 officers from Clinton County. It is rare to see one county have that many officers at one time in a region, which includes a total of eight counties. The Future Career and Community Leaders of America (formerly Future Homemakers) are sponsored by Kathy Hunter.

Those officers recognized were Briana Conner, First Vice-President; Keleigh Cross, Vice-President of Community Service; Kaylee Burchett, Vice President of Public Relations; and Cody Starnes, Vice President of Parliamentary Law.

CCHS teacher Jessica Conner and a few current juniors, representing the Class of 2014, then made a Power Point presentation, requesting permission for a Senior Class trip next year.

The group, which is already raising funds and has over $9,000 to date, is planning on a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Depending on the number of students who make the trip, the cost would be around $1,100 upwards to around $1,200 per student through the Adventure Student Travel tour company. The trip would also include one free trip for a chaperone per 10 paying travelers (students).

Following the presentation, a motion was made by board member Jeff Sams to approve a senior trip for the Class of 2014, which passed by unanimous vote.

After approving minutes from three prior meetings, one regular and two special, the board approved between meeting disbursements, voted to pay claims and bills and heard a brief personnel report, which included the certified hiring of Michial H. Conner as assistant baseball coach and Nathan Garner as boys’ golf coach, both at CCHS and certified demotion, Pam Bale, CCMS principal.

The board then approved on unanimous votes the certified and classified salary schedules for district employees, as well as for substitute teachers, all unchanged from last year and also voted to declare an annual emergency for substitutes for the 2013-14 school year. They are required to have a minimum of 64 college hours with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The board then had a brief discussion on the pay date schedule as board member Kevin Marcum questioned whether teachers should be paid before or after Christmas Day. Most noted that if paid before, it would be over five weeks before the next pay period. (Personnel are paid once monthly.)

Board members Goldie Stonecipher moved to approve the schedule as presented, as follows: Wednesday, July 31; Friday, August 30; Monday, September 30; Thursday, October 31; Tuesday, November 26; Thursday, December 26; Friday, January 31; Friday, February 28; Friday, March 28; Wednesday, April 30; Friday, May 30 and Monday, June 30.

Following another brief discussion on hiring a CPA to do the current fiscal year audit, Marcum asked if the amount of the audit, which showed a $250 increase from last year, was comparable to surrounding districts and whether or not possibly bidding the service would save money.

Superintendent Charlotte Bernard said she would check with area districts and get some figures before the board’s next meeting.

Since the auditor has to be approved by May 28, with little to bid this year, a motion was made by Stonecipher to approve Wilson and Company at a cost of $20,500. The motion passed unanimously.

After the issue of Student School Accident Insurance was tabled to a later date, board member Paula Key moved to renew membership with the Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $50 annually. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

On a motion by board member Junior Cecil, the board voted to declare approximately 104 items of technology (cpus, computers, etc.) as surplus property because they are outdated (considered scrap) and have been replaced. Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. has the state contract and will purchase the items for recycling.

The board then reviewed a KSBA (Kentucky School Boards Association) recommended administrative procedure, pertaining to releasing student records to state welfare agencies.

Two overnight trips were then approved, including for the CCHS boys’ varsity basketball team to Lexington on June 3 (in the Lexington Catholic event) and June 13-15 to play in the state AAU tournament, also in Lexington. Also, two overnight trips for the FFA, including June 11-13 to the state convention in Lexington and June 24-28 to the KY FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg.

Director of Pupil Personnel Julie York then gave the attendance report for the ninth month of school, from April 15-May 10.

Attendance for the month, compared to the same month a year ago, was down slightly from 94.17 last year to 93.86 this year. However, student enrollment continues to be higher by some 23, students, at 1,722 current from 1,699 last year.

Albany Elementary received the trophy for the highest ADA (average daily attendance) at 94.68 for the month, while the middle school got the trophy for the most improved attendance, at 94.54 for the month.

The board then entered into an executive session under KRS 61.810 (1) (c) to discuss pending or proposed litigation but took no action upon returning to open session.

The next regular meeting of the Clinton County Board of Education is scheduled for June 10 at 5 p.m.

The following is a listing of CCHS band members, including those who participated in the district and Honors Band events this school year:

* LCMEA (Lake Cumberland All-District Band): Jazz Sell, Mikayla Hicks, Cassidy Key, Brooke Little, Dawson Wade, Kaylee Burchett, Matt Perdue, Christian Smith.

* Western Kentucky University Honors Band: Alex Beaty, Daniel Boils, Kaylee Burchett, Haley Denney, Carrie McClellan, Brittany Mishler; Matthew Perdue; Chris Shelton.

* Lee University Honors Band: Alex Beaty, Daniel Boils, Daniel Brown, Michaela Cole, Haley Denney, Brittany Mishler, Matt Perdue, Chris Shelton.

* Sixth grade band members: Simone Asberry, Jessica Criswell, Kaitlin Davis, Sabrina Gray, Rosalina Perez, Erica Smith, Nicole Stearns, Keonna Thompson, Rosalie Thompson, Hannah Wade.

* Seventh grade band members: Colson Burchett, Renska Covey, Mary Cross, Drew Matthews, Caitlin Melton, Leo Oplinger, Jazz Sell, Isaiah Shelley, Courtney Wilson.

* Eight grade band members: Elijah Dicken, Brooke Groce, Thomas Holsapple, Brooke Little, Caila Roberts, Christy Sidwell, Matt Wells, Stephanie York.

* CCHS band members (grades nine through 12): Taylor Albertson, Brenda Ayala, Emily Bertram, Daniel Boils, Kaylee Burchett, Troy Butler, Michaela Cole, Jennifer Covey, Kendra Craft, Justin Delk, Haley Denney, Jordan Grant, Lamon Hubbs, Tori Mason, Carrie McClellan, Brittany Mishler, Justin Neal, Keisha Patrick, Matt Perdue, David Pierce, Austin Shadoan, Chris Shelton, Christian Smith, Cody Starnes, Shanelle Stinson, Adrianna Thrasher, Jacob Williams, Brooke Wright, Jada York.

There are four seniors on the CCHS Band this year, including Troy Butler, Haley Denney, Katie Garner and Cindy Patrick.