By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session last Monday night the Lewis County Board of Education began its meeting with Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. presenting certificates of achievement to five people for attaining success in their respective fields of endeavor.
Reeder gave Marty Dummitt, a junior at Lewis County High School, a certificate for winning a state championship in track.
Dummit is the second state champion high jumper in track and field for Lewis County. He won the event on Friday, June 3 by clearing six feet two inches. Mike Thacker won the state high jump championship in the 15-17 year division on May 8, 1970; on that same date, Allen Prater was state runner-up in the high jump for boys 12-14.
Track and field head coach Michael Reichert also received a certificate. He said that Dummit's goal is to break the state record of six feet ten and one-quarter inches next year as a senior.
Assistant Coach Bruce Sherman was also provided a certificate but was unable to attend the meeting due to other obligations.
Reeder gave a certificate for 27 years of safe driving to Lacey Polley.
Jim Bob McGlone, bus mechanic and driver trainer, received a certificate for training bus drivers. Recently the bus drivers had to take a test specifically for them administered by the Kentucky State Police. The drivers trained by McGlone had a 95 percent success rate, and the State Police said that was the best they had encountered throughout the state.
The board accepted status as the fiscal agent for the Lewis County Boys and Girls Club. The Lewis County Fiscal Court previously served as the club's fiscal agent but terminated that status on June 13.
Mike Kennedy is the Director of the Boys and Girls Club and is the only full time employee. The club also has four part time employees. The school board will pay the salaries and then get reimbursed by the national organization.
With a long list of routine business on the agenda the board went to work quickly.
The board approved the bond of depository for its savings account at the First Community Bank Lewis County for $960,000.
The treasurer's bond for $200,000 was approved.
The board approved the Implementation/Impact check of 2002-2004 Comprehensive Improvement Plan. The plan is reviewed at the conclusion of each two-year cycle.
In rapid succession the board approved all the salary schedules. All certified employees will get a three percent increase in salary plus the STEP, an increase in salary based on the time of employment. Combining the two the total raise will be about five percent.
The administrator's salary schedule is reflected by the certified employees' schedule with the same increases.
Board treasurer Joe Kennedy received a raise being moved from a rank three schedule up to a rank one schedule. His three percent increase in salary is imbedded in that schedule.
Classified employees received the same three percent increase plus STEP in their salary schedules.
No changes were made in the salaries for the extra duty and coaching salaries and substitute teacher salaries.
Since the bus garage employees' time has been increased by one half hour each day they received a raise on that basis.
The maintenance technicians received a three percent increase in salary plus an additional one time amount because their workloads have increased tremendously because of the construction work and improvements made in school facilities.
The board accepted the low bid of $78,166 for workers compensation insurance from Ron LeMaster Insurance. For general liability, educators' legal liability, property and fleet insurance, the low bid came from the Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust (KSBIT) at $148,363.
Bulk Plant, Inc. of Ashland presented the only bid for gas and diesel fuel. The gas will cost the school board $1.53.3 per gallon, and diesel will cost $1.60.5 per gallon.
The Ohio River Valley Fire Company received the contract to inspect the oven/range hoods, fire extinguishers, sprinkler suppression system and fire alarms.
The board approved construction documents for the girl's softball field lights. The documents merely show where the poles and lines, etc. are to be placed.
Then the board approved a BG3 for the girl's softball field lights for $99,355.
The board moved to rescind the Special Education Policy and Procedural Manual for 2001 and approved the new manual.
Local credit hours for board members Bonnie Polley, Joe LeMaster and Larry Kegley were approved.
The board approved the physical therapy contract with Mobile Therapy Services at a cost $50 per hour plus $10 per day for travel.
The occupational therapy services contract went to AGIS Therapy at a cost of $50 per hour plus $65 an hour for visitation evaluation.
The speech therapy service contract was awarded to Grayson Speech Therapy at $9,000 per month.
The board approved the first reading of the alternative school handbook. Kevin Duff told the board that no major changes were made in the handbook.
Annual membership in the KEDC consortium at a cost of $27,131 was approved. Reeder pointed out that $20,000 of that amount was a retainer for workers that might have to come and install wiring for the technical programs at the schools.
The board approved the Comprehensive Improvement Plan for 2004-2006 cycle.
It also approved the annual postponing sexual involvement program through the Health Department. That's the program where students have to take care of baby dolls as if they were real children.
The board approved the first reading of the Policies Manual Update. Again the manual has no major changes.
The board entered closed session to evaluate the performance of the superintendent. They called Reeder back to the board meeting by teasing him and telling him he still had a job.