The Lewis County Board of Education met in
regular session last week at Tollesboro Elementary School and got a first-hand
look at the recently completed addition and renovations.
“We’re in our success story tonight,” said
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. at the beginning of the meeting. “This has
been five or six years in the making,” he said of the work done at the school.
“This is the new and improved Tollesboro
Elementary School,” Reeder told those in attendance and expressed appreciation
to the teachers, staff and the community for their efforts during the phases of
work at the school.
TES Principal Tim Douglas gave board members a
tour of the school and pointed out the changes and improvements. “It’s been
five long years, but we’re proud of what we’ve got,” Douglas said.
Douglas introduced Cafeteria Manager Mary Corns
before she gave board members a guided tour of the new cafeteria and kitchen.
She pointed out the new equipment and storage areas and said the cooks are well
pleased with the added space and well planned layout.
“The tables, pots, pans and cooks are the same.
Everything else is new,” Douglas said.
Board members also toured the gymnasium, computer
lab and renovated portions of the building.
Reeder and several board members received flu
shots as the meeting was about to get underway. The shots were administered by
workers with the Lewis County Health Department.
Reeder thanked Health Department workers and
Primary Plus for their efforts in educating the community about the upcoming flu
season and in getting teachers and students immunized.
Diane Johnson gave board members an overview of
MAP Testing which students were undergoing. MAP, or Measures of Academic
Progress, provides teachers data which allows them to develop targeted
instructional strategies for improvement.
The tests can be given to new students to
determine appropriate instructional levels and can be given to monitor student
growth throughout the school year and from year to year.
She said the tests are computer/web based and are
designed to track the individual progress of students.
She said the tests check the student
comprehension of reading, math, language use and science and are broken up over
two week periods. Testing will be conducted three times each school year.
Student reports and cover letters explaining the
tests and scores were to have been sent home with students on Friday. Johnson
provided board members with preliminary school scoring from the initial testing
phase and reviewed the testing process.
Johnson gave credit to the intervention teachers
for their efforts in scheduling and administering the tests.
Board members approved the purchase of three new
66 passenger International buses through the Kentucky Interlocal School
Transportation Association (KISTA) at a cost of $74,901 each and approved the
2009-2010 working budget for the school district.
Board members also approved payment for
substitute bus driver update training and gave the OK for an appeal panel which
will hear any certified employee who appeals their evaluation.
The board approved field trips for planned
overnight and out of state functions to be attended by various student groups.
Reeder submitted the personnel report including:
Certified hires of Elisabeth Lara as a teacher at
LCHS and Virginia Gail Pruitt as a preschool teacher at LCCE.
Certified Extra Duty Hires of Samantha Reams as
LCHS cross country coach, Lisette Clark as LCHS girls golf coach, Summer Hampton
as LCHS cheerleading sponsor, Jana
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Maurice Reeder Jr. receives a flu vaccination just prior to a Board of Education
meeting last week at Tollesboro Elementary School.
Hughes as LCHS first assistant girls
basketball coach and LCCE girls basketball coach, Amy Wright at LCCE academic
coach, Todd Prater as LCCE 4-6 boys basketball coach, Teresa Bryant as LCCE
assistant academic coach, Marcetta Stamm as LCCE 4-6 cheerleading sponsor, Todd
Prater as LCCE 3-4 and 5-6 football coach, Christel Harr as GES girls basketball
coach, Joanna Yates as GES academic coach, Linda Dummitt as GES
cheerleading sponsor, Trent Underwood as GES 56 football coach, Henry Murnahan
as GES 34 football coach, Woody Underwood as GES boys basketball coach, Josh
Hughes as LCHS boys varsity football coach, Charles Adams, Kenny Hilger, William
Melton, Kasey Nolen, Arthur Prater and David Stafford as LCHS assistant boys
varsity football coaches, Josh Hughes as district wide elementary football
coordinator, Jay Fite as district wide elementary basketball coordinator, Chad
Clark and Richard Pope as LCHS freshan football coaches, Joe Hampton as LCHS
boys varsity basketball coach, James Silvey as LCHS first assistant boys varsity
basketball coach, Jay Fite as LCHS second assistant boys varsity basketball
coach, James McGlone as LCHS freshman boys basketball coach, Jessica Holt as
LCHS girls varsity basketball coach, Jana Hughes as LCHS first assistant girls
varsity basketball coach, Amanda Johnson and LCHS second assistant girls
basketball coach, Charity Burriss as LCHS academic coach, Billie Thornsberry as
LCHS first assistant academic coach, Josh Hughes as LCHS boys varsity baseball
coach, JR Price and Ryan Plank as LCHS co-assistant baseball coaches, Jim Lykins
as LCHS girls varsity softball coach, Jill O’Cull as LCHS first assistant
varsity softball coach, Kasey Nolen as LCHS second assistant varsity softball
coach, Tyrone Saule as LCHS family life skills department head, Kara Johnson as
LCHS language arts department head, Kenny Scott as LCHS math department head,
Sara Poeppelman as LCHS science department head, Anna Sullivan as LCHS social
studies department head, Matt Voiles as LCHS flags/band, Renee McCane as LCHS
color guard/band, Tyrone Sauley and Kibbey Hilger as co-sponsors of LCHS JROTC
color guard, Summer Hampton as LCHS boys varsity cheerleading coach, Sarah
porter as LCHS assistant track coach, Samantha reams as LCHS cross country
coach, Anna Sullivan as LCHS girls volleyball coach, Scott Sullivan as LCHS
assistant volleyball coach, Bill Allen as LCHS boys golf coach, Tony Johnson as
LCHS tennis coach, Jim Lykins as district wide athletic director, Kasey Nolen as
LCHS basketball and football activities coordinator, Rachel Edington as LCHS
yearbook sponsor, Matt Hall as LES academic coach, Scott Sullivan as LES
basketball coach, Nichole Routt and April McAdams as LES cheerleading sponsors,
Julee Howard as LCMS cheerleading sponsor, Charity Stout as LCMS assistant
academic coach, Keith Prater as LCMS football coach, James McGlone as LCMS
assistant football coach, William Maynard as LCMS academic coach, Tony Johnson
as LCMS girls basketball coach, Carol Cunningham as LCMS assistant girls
basketball coach, Billie Thornsberry as LCMS future problem solving coach,
Crystal Thayer as TES academic coach, Myron Irey as TES boys basketball coach,
Gary Short and Derrick Pollitt as TES football coaches, Dawayna Highfield as TES
cheerleading sponsor and Timmy Jett as TES girls basketball coach.
Classifed Sub hires are Roger Bentley, Rachel
Horsley, Brenda Smith and Sheri Polley as sub custodians.
Certified Sub Teacher Hires of David White,
Angela Harris and Brenda Smyke.
Certified Transfer of Gail Reeder as counselor/GT
teacher at TES.
Board members approved the payment of bills and
treasurer’s report before adjourning.