By Dennis Brown
Members of the Lewis County Board of Education
met in regular session last week and adopted the calendar for the upcoming
Superintendent Maruice Reeder Jr. said the
calendar is similar to the past few years and calls for August 5, 2010, to be
the first day for students.
Reeder said Jamie Weddington had met with a
committee of teachers to finalize the recommended calendar.
Board members heard reports from Lewis County
Central Elementary Principal Richard Anderson and Laurel Elementary Principal
Each of the principals reviewed their respective
school’s scores from the previous year and gave an update on progress being
made to meet the goals for the current year.
Anderson discussed the steps being taken and
said more changes have been implemented this year than ever before and said MAP
testing, which was underway, would give a better indication of how things are
going this year.
“We’re on track to meet our goals,”
Anderson told the board. He said a goal of 95 overall on the academic index is
what had been set.
Bloomfield told the board he had … “waited a
lot of years to come and make this presentation to the board.”
He said Laurel Elementary had a score in the 30s
when he started there as head teacher 16 years earlier. The score was 101 last
“I’m proud of my school, my staff and my
students,” he said, adding that parents and the staff at the Central Office
also contributed to making the score a reality.
Bloomfield praised Belinda Forman for her
assistance in helping the school to make improvements. “She worked diligently
and tirelessly to help us get where we are,” he said.
Bloomfield said the goal this year is 105.
“It’s a loft goal,” he said. “It won’t be easy to do.” He added the
staff is committed to reaching the goal.
Board member Rob Kennard praised Bloomfield and
the school staff for reaching the goal and extended his congratulations.
Diane Johnson reported that students from the
district had recently competed in the Sixth Grade Showcase and had 22 winners.
She said Tollesboro Elementary won first in quick recall and Garrison Elementary
was the third place winner.
She added that four students from Lewis County
were named to the district band.
Johnson told board members that as part of a
grant, all elementary schools now have climbing walls for the students.
Reeder said that this was the first time in
several years that school had not been cancelled prior to the
He commended Primary Plus, the school nurses and
parents for their work in battling sickness and the various flu viruses in
the schools this year. He added that attendance has rebounded after some
sickness earlier in the year.
Bob Ross, with Ross and Company of Louisville,
presented an audit report to the board.
He told board members it was a clean audit and
the numbers were … “pretty good for a school district of this size.”
Ross noted a couple of minor infractions found
by auditors and said they had already been remedied.
Greg McCane gave a presentation on the
district’s technology plan and reviewed equipment that had been installed
in most of the classrooms across the county.
He said the plan is to get new and modern
computers and software into the hands of students and to improve teacher
training on the operation of the new equipment.
He said 67 percent of the classrooms have now
been outfitted with the latest technology including interactive white boards
and ceiling mounted projectors.
Board members approved the technology plan for
the upcoming school year.
In other business board members:
*Approved a motion to accept a KETS matching
offer of assistance for technology in the amount of $32,069.
*Approved non-resident contracts with other
school districts for the upcoming school year.
*Approved training hours for board member Joe
*Approved the concept of flexible professional
*Approved a memorandum of understanding as a
step to receive Federal funding.
*Approved the District Report Card.
*Approved a drug testing contract with Medbrook
for random testing of bus drivers and mechanics.
*Approved field trips for students from LCCE to
travel to the Newport Aquarium and for the varsity boys basketball team
overnight to play in the West Jessamine High Tournament.
Reeder reported certified substitute hires of
John Silvey, Jonathan Rogers and Sandy Horsley Johnson; classified
substitute hire of Jessica Tackett as an instructional aide; and classified
resignations of Melissa Mabe as cook at LCCE and Donna Morgan as bus driver.
Members approved the treasurer’s report and
payment of bills before adjourning.