In April 21 IssueBy John ThompsonTimes Journal Reporter
The Russell County Board of Education met on Monday with a number of items on the agenda to prepare for the coming school year.
As a continuing resolution and community commitment, the board approved the June 6 through June 30, 2011 Summer Feeding Program as requested by the Russell County Schools Food Service. The Middle School was selected as the site to administer the program. Any child age 19 or younger will be permitted to eat breakfast and lunch free. They do not have to be enrolled in the Russell County School System to receive these free meals.
Breakfast during the program will be served 7:30 a.m. until 8 a.m., and lunch will be served 11a.m. until 12 p.m.
The board approved contracting with the accounting firm of Stiles, Carter & Associates to conduct the 2011 fiscal year audit of financial practices for the Russell County School District. In accordance with Kentucky Department of Education guidelines, all school districts must have an independent audit of financial practices.
School Superintendent Kenny Pickett and Director of Business Operations Marla Carnes were authorized by the board to advertise for bid the following items for the 2012 Fiscal Year, contracts to be awarded at the June board meeting: School/office supplies, insurance, electrical supplies, pest control, fire extinguisher service, fuel, building supplies, bus replacement parts, high school yearbook and banking.
Carnes and Food Services Director Susan Melton were also given permission to bid for food and lunchroom supplies, bread and bakery products, and milk and dairy products for fiscal year 2012.
As outlined in Model Procurement Code KRS 45A and Bid Law KRS 424.260, local school district education boards must advertise bids for various items needed for school operation.
In other business:
Treasurer's monthly report: Balance on hand at the beginning of the month $3,198,518.66; Total of all receipts for the month $2,150,673.48; Total of all receipts and beginning balance $5,349,192.14; disbursements $1,864,008.37; balance at the close of the month (cash in bank) $3,485,183.77. Fund Balances: General Fund $3,176,995.17; Special Projects $9,354.89; Capital Outlay -$21,727.62; FSPK/Building $64,019.91; Construction $0.00; Food Service $232,366.22; FRC Child Care $21,954.06; Total Cash in Bank of All Funds $3,485,183.77.
The board voted to accept the monthly financial report, payment of bills, and accounts payable.
The board approved the minutes of the March meeting, as well as the special called meeting and school activity fund reports.
Superintendent Pickett approved the in-state trip for Lake Cumberland ATC to travel to Bluegrass Communication and Technology College in Danville, and the board approved the out of state trip for the RSES 6th grade Safety Patrol to go to Dollywood/Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The following personnel items were announced by Superintendent Pickett: Paul Barger resigned as standby bus driver; Jennifer Burton hired as substitute teacher, and the approval of transfer for Eric Godby from Union Chapel Elementary to Salem Elementary, and Tonya Rexroat's request for transfer from Jamestown Elementary to Union Chapel Elementary.
Russell Springs Elementary gave a presentation to those present, in part recognizing the school's support staff and the important role they play in facilitating learning and keeping a healthy, happy learning environment. Over 400 breakfast meals and 600 lunch meals are served daily; the library is neat, orderly, and kept up to date with valuable and interesting reading material; the schools floors consistently sport a mirror shine; and the schools bus drivers are daily tasked with the awesome responsibility of transporting our most valuable asset to and from our fine school system. These things and others were emphasized.
A second presentation was given by Marin Brumett and Rocio Cress to inform everyone about ELL, the English Language Learning Program in the Russell County School District. The program, headed by English as a Second Language/Limited English Proficiency Director Johnna Dalton, has grown tremendously in the less than a decade of its existence. Currently in the Russell County school system there are 13 different countries represented in the school children, speaking nine different languages.
While there is a large migrant worker contingent among the school children from South America, they are also from as diverse a cross section of countries as Germany, Egypt, Italy and France; 13 countries in all.
The board also recognized Susan Melton for commendable work in promoting the Natatorium/Auditorium as a venue for various local and nationally known entertainment personalities.