In July 7 IssueBy John ThompsonTimes Journal Reporter
The Russell County Board of Education met Thursday, June 30, the last day of the 2011 fiscal year, to tie up some end of the year business and set the stage for the coming year.
The issue of corporal punishment was brought before the board by Superintendent Kenny Pickett. According to Pickett, we are one of 45 school districts in Kentucky that allow for corporal punishment (corporal punishment often takes the form of spanking of students). "I think the policy we use now could use a little upgrade," Pickett said, "we have no limit on how many times a student can be whipped in a school year. I'd like to recommend, that if we do corporal punishment, that the maximum that a child can be whipped in a school year be three times, or two times, and after the second or third occurrence then we as a school need to have a behavior modification meeting with the parents, teachers, and principals; because after two or three times for the same offense, it's apparently not working."
After some discussion about corporal punishment and what the exact policy is to be, it was decided to table the discussion with a detailed policy to be announced by the next school board meeting.
According to Pickett, one principal is for keeping corporal punishment, two were for doing away with the practice, and one was undecided.
The next item on the special called end of the fiscal year meeting was to review the 2011-2012 Student Code of Acceptable Behavior and Attendance Policy. Being that the policy would also need specific outlining of corporal punishment application, the board decided, with the advisement of board attorney Jeff Hoover, that rather than accept the policy which would later be amended to include possible changes to corporal punishment, the board voted to table this issue and would vote on the matter with the inclusion of the corporal punishment policy.
Superintendent Pickett nominated the current Board Treasurer, Marla Carnes, to continue to head up that position and was unanimously voted by the board to remain in that position. The position of Treasurer for the Board of Education entails the responsibility that the person shall receive all monies to which the board is entitled. The treasurer shall keep a full and complete account of all funds as required by state law. The treasurer shall issue checks in the depository for payment of all legal claims which have been authorized for payment in accordance with board policies.
As required when selecting a board treasurer, the board voted to approve the bond requirement for the board treasurer and any other school employee who is responsible for board of education funds.
Carnes gave the monthly treasurer's report for the month of May, 2011, as follows: Balance on hand at the beginning of the month $3,348,568.31; total of all receipts for the month $1,940,850.18; total of all receipts and beginning balance $5,289,427.49; disbursements $2,180,194.20; balance at the close of the month (cash in bank) $3,109,233.29.
Fund Balances for May: general fund $3,185,896.79; special projects -$196,972.32; capital outlay $87,919.10; FSPK/Building -$293,202.86; construction $0.00; food service $304,068.32; FRC child care $21,524.26; total cash in bank of all funds $3,109,233.29.
Carnes said the board should be able to have the two percent contingency monies as is required by the Kentucky Board of Education.
The board voted to approve a Bond of Depository. It is required to execute a bond for the faithful performance of its duties. The 2012 fiscal year bond for First National Bank was pledged at $7,000,000 and was approved by the board and now goes to the state Commissioner of Education for approval.
The 2011 Kentucky School Board Association provided the board with the new, revised legal requirements for board policies, as is required every school year. This being the first reading it will have a second reading before final passage.
The board voted to accept the fiscal year 2012 bid list, excluding fuel bids. Each year the Board of Education is required to bid for products and services for the upcoming fiscal year. Bids were received and tabulated by the Central Office Staff. Approved bids will become effective July 1, 2011 and will remain in effect until June 30, 2012.
The fiscal year 2012 Food Service Bid List had not been completely compiled by the time of the meeting. The board voted to table the issue until the next board meeting where the list will be provided to the board for approval.
A correction for board member credit hours was the next item on the agenda. School Board members are required, as a stipulation of their functioning as school board members, to have continuous training in a number of fields related to education and policy. In an inadvertent error school board member Debbie Haynes and Clifford Wilson had not received two hours credit for a Principal's meeting held on 10-19-2010, and also two hours for a district-wide professional development meeting held on 12-8-2010. The board approved the correction in training credit.
Kenny Kimbler requested and received leave without pay effective May 20, 2011 through August 11, 2011.
The board approved entering a contract with Adanta. Board member Steve Kerr questioned the stipulation by Adanta that the school provide a certificate of liability in the amount of one million dollars, and that his business experience is that the business being contracted provide that service and whether there would be a charge by the school districts insurance company for providing such a certificate. Carnes explained that the insurance company has always provided such a document without charge.
The board approved the following overnight trips: NJROTC to Kentucky National Guard Training Center in Barbourville, KY.; RCHS Cheerleaders to RCHS Cheerleaders UCA Regionals in Sevierville, TN.; and RCHS Cheerleaders to UCA Nationals in Orlando, FL.
The board approved Superintendent Pickett's recommendation to be able to use capital funds, as per House Bill 267, subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education. The Capital funds will be used for property insurance, maintenance expenditures and to complete the athletic lighting project. The request also is for permission to request the use of excess building fund monies to purchase school buses.
The board approved the 2011-2012 tentative fund allocations under the 2011-2012 Federal/State Allocations/District Assurances. The tentative allocations are as follows: Title I-A $1,099,270; Title I-C Migrant $82,400; Title II-A Teacher Quality $185,166; Title X - IDEA Basic $575,294 and IDEA B Preschool $20,941. FLEX funds allocation of $366,494 to the following programs: Preschool/KERA $291,754; Professional Development $11,537; Safe School Grant $18,032; Extended School Services $45,171; (Textbooks to be announced). Math Achievement $41,000; Gifted/Talented $41,034. Other services listed but funding allocations to be announced; Title II-C Carl Perkins, Title II-D Kentucky Technology, Title VI-Rural and Low Income, Adult Ed./Literacy, Community Education and FRYSC.
Board member Steve Kerr was nominated and accepted by the board members to act as liaison with the Kentucky School Board Association as a "Legislative Contact" for a two year term. The legislative contact role is critical to assisting KSBA governmental relations staff in mobilizing local constituents to contact their legislators. The contact will be critical as a strong advocate for our district due to the current formulation of the biennial state budget.
A lot of items fell under the category of "informational items" this meeting. Under personnel, it is the superintendent who shall be executive agent of the board; as such, Pickett shall have general supervision, subject to the control of the board of education, of the general conduct of the schools. One of these responsibilities is the hiring and dismissal of personnel of the district.
This past month saw a lot of changes in personnel, as follows: Rita Branscum is retiring and Willie Feldhaus will assume her responsibilities as Athletic Director; Keith Emerson hired as Principal at RSES and Rene Gossage assuming Assistant Principal position at RSES; Derek Adams - Agriculture Teacher RCHS; Julissa Carney and Rachel Johnson Miller become Assistant Cheer Coaches at RCHS/RCMS; Emily Williams - Assistant Volleyball Coach RCHS; Kyle Duke - Assistant Band Director.
A number of personnel are retiring: Kathy I. Hammond retired after 30 plus years in the school system, most recently serving as Principal at Russell Springs Elementary School; others retiring; Darrell Selby, Karen Owens, Robert L. King, Loretta Cherry, Johnna Matney, Mary E. Johnson, Kay Carnes, Vivie McGowan Wills, Roger Barnes. Resigning their position are: Scott McClendon, Carlie Paige Crowe, Candida Murphy.
Hired are: Shannon McGuire - Substitute Teacher; Felicia Coffey - Classified Substitute; Jessica Cain and Jade Brumley - Auditorium/Natatorium After School Summer Camp; Hannah Conner - Auditorium/Natatorium; Darris Anderson, Amanda Cooper and LeeAnn Grider as Lifeguards.