By Dennis Brown
The Lewis County Board
of Education met in regular session last week and Superintendent Maurice Reeder
Jr. presented a success story with home page of district’s web site displayed
on a projection screen.
Reeder pointed out that
Tollesboro Elementary Schools Academic Team’s photo is featured on the site
and said they had won in their division of the Limestone Academic League meet.
He also noted information and links about swine flu on the web page. The site is
located at www.lewis.kyschools.us.
Diane Johnson said LCHS
Science teacher Sarah Poppelman is the recipient of an Amgen Award for Science
Teaching Excellence. Only four winners were named in Kentucky.
$5,000 and the school will receive $5,000 as part of the award. Johnson also
said the Reading First Program at Central and Garrison Elementary Schools is
progressing well with recent scores showing continued improvement in reading for
elementary students. She said grades 4-9 will be added to the program next
school year and math will also be included.
Members approved 2009-10
tentative budget totaling $21.5 million. Included in the budget is an estimated
2.5 percent salary increase and some decrease in enrollment and ADA funding.
Members approved 2008-09
financial auditor contract with Ross and Company in Louisville for $14,000.
The board approved a
change order for the Tollesboro Elementary project totaling $5,668 for a water
pressure reducing valve and additional steel bracing.
Members approved the
2009-10 KEDC membership agreement for $20,984.
The board approved a
Lewis County Health Department contract to provide full time nurses at
Tollesboro, Central and Garrison Elementary Schools and part time at Laurel
Elementary for $35,000. Reeder said there will be benefits for all parties in
working with local health department.
Members also approved a
2009-10 contract with Primary Plus for nurses at the Middle and High Schools for
$80,000. The nurses at those schools have been in place for some time and will
assist with new nurses coming into elementary schools.
The board approved the
second reading of Code of Conduct with some minor changes from the previous
pre-application/notice of intent for possible FEMA project at old grade school
building in Vanceburg. The purpose is for fund application of stimulus funding
for the possible flood protection and renovation of building. Reeder noted the
move allows them to look into the possibilities of such a project and the
application can be withdrawn at any time.
Members approved summer
meal program for meals at Central Elementary. The cost will be $2.50 for
adults and free to those age 18 and under.
Members also approved
schematic design of baseball field near high school. Reeder said the project
has been in the planning stages for many years. He said the project is
something we can all be proud of when it is completed. The project will
include some artificial turf, dugouts and a grandstand.
The board went into
closed session to discuss proposed or pending litigation and took no action
when returning to open session.
superintendent’s report Reeder noted the retirement of Tonya Horsley as a
teacher effective July 1 as well as the resignation of teachers Monica
Stafford on June 30 and Roberto Abellan Gomez on June 6.
A notice of reduction in
salary and responsibility for Ruby Brown and Joyce Bentley was reported with
family medical leave for Karen Wolfe and sub teacher hire Stephanie Wilburn.
Summer school certified
hires are Debbie Boling, Linda Breeze, Teresa Bryant, Charity Burriss, Pam
Butler, Donna Dietrich, Greta Douthat, Glenda Gayheart, Teresa Griffitt,
Sara Gullett, Jerry Hickle, Sharon Kegley, Sherri Lewis, Jim Lykins,
Chastity McGowan, Susie Osborne (sub), Patty Owens, Tony Rizzo, Rick
Robinette, Stacy Underwood and Joanna Yates.
Reeder reported the
classified retirement of Nancye Hilterbrandt as a bus driver as of June 4
and the retirement of Deloris Bay as a cook as of July 1 along with the
resignation of Nan Fite as LCHS secretary as of the last day of school.
Transfer: Kelly Lewis
(71 days HS/MS Youth Service Center and 90 days GES/LES Family Resource
Reduction in Contract:
Kelly Lewis, Kathy Willis.
Classified Sub Hires:
Jacob Sartin, bus driver. Pamela Sebastian, instructional aide.
Extra Duty Resignation:
Scott Osborne, assistant baseball coach.
Summer School Hires:
Classified – Kim Bloomfield, Nora Brown, Teresa J. Bryant, Leann Bryant,
Shelley Crawford, Carol Cunningham, Rosalee Fannin, Karen Flannighan, Judy
Hoffman, Donna Jamison, Glenna Lewis, Brenda Lykins, Shannon Nolen, Suzette
Osborne, Sandy Stafford, Debbie Wilburn. Bus Drivers – Tony Corns, Todd
Evans, Pam Flack, Carl Ginn, Tonya Hord, Scotty Lawhorn, Burl Lawson, Kasey
Nolen, Mike Setters, Rick Shaw. Sub Drivers – Pam Hackworth, Cheri Kirby,
Glenna Lewis, Melinda Monroe, Donna Morgan, Melissa Smith and Melinda