|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session last week the Lewis County Board of Education heard from the parents of a high
school football player who are upset over disciplinary action taken against their son.
Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Potter told the board that last week after football practice their
son, Nathan, had scratched off on some gravel and had thrown some on a couple of vehicles,
evidently scratching some paint on two of them. One of those vehicles belongs to one of
the assistant coaches.
The next day the assistant coach had Nathan do some exercises in the heat and he passed
out. When he came back around the coach allegedly sent him back to practice without
notifying the Potters that he had fainted, presumably from the heat.
Potter said that he was concerned about the safety of his kids at practice and simply
wants an admission of mistakes made and the assurance that it wouldnt happen again.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. said he would talk to the coaching staff and see what
he can come up with. He assured the parents that the school is concerned about the safety
of all the students.
No member of the coaching staff was present at the meeting to present their side of the
story or to comment regarding the allegations.
Reeder reminded the board that the Lewis County School and Agricultural Fair was
starting on Tuesday, September 14, and remarked about the parade set for Saturday,
September 18, weather permitting.
The superintendent lauded the preschool programs in the district and said that over all
those programs are doing really well.
He had bad news concerning health insurance. The costs are going up and the benefits
are going down.
|The local chapter of the KEA has sent
questionnaires to the teachers inquiring about their willingness to go on strike because
of the insurance situation. He expressed hopes that a strike can be averted. Reeder said
that he understood the money for insurance just isnt available.
Thornsberry, the president of the Lewis County Teacher's Association, said a strike is
probably going to occur. She said that across the board $177 million has been cut from the
insurance program in the state.
The board approved a BG-1 for the Tollesboro Elementary project. The grand total comes
to $1,237,000. Reeder warned, however, that since Frankfort is short of funds the BG-1 may
not get state approval.
Kasey Nolen informed the board about improvements on the district's web sites. He said
that last year he did a complete overhaul of the site to make it easier to use. The web
site can be found at www.lewis.k12.ky.us. Each school also has its own web site.
The board also approved pay of $50 for the sub bus drivers who spent eight hours of
Following the pace of the Lewis County Fiscal Court the board approved the tax rates of
40.9 per $100 of assessed value for the real estate and 41.8 for tangible property.
The board also approved the dental sealant program. This is the second year for the
dental help, and all the schools will benefit from it.
According to Kevin Duff the program will start with the Middle School and Central
Elementary and concentrate on the second, third and sixth graders starting October 18 and
19. That will be the UK College of Dentistry. Then Dr. Ron Mays and Dr. John O'Cull are in
place to take care of the outlying elementary schools.