The Estill County Board of Education voted to prohibit road blocks as school fundraisers during Thursday night’s board meeting.
Superintendent Saylor said that since the last board meeting he had talked to the principals about roadblocks, and they are “adamantly opposed” to roadblocks as school fundraisers, particularly the participation of students in roadblocks.
School fundraisers must be approved by the principals of the schools whose teams are represented.
Saylor said all schools and booster clubs will be required to have Redbook (state-mandated fundraiser guidelines) training, and he hopes to have that completed by the October board meeting.
Board member L.W. Beckley said he is “all for fundraisers,” but he is opposed to roadblocks because of the “safety issue.”
Athletic director Arthur Ballard commented that his number one complaint from people outside the school system during his twenty years as an administrator has been about roadblocks.
After the first reading of the fund-raising policy was approved, Beckley made a motion to amend the policy to prohibit road blocks.
A motion was also made to open a separate bank account for gofundme (online) fundraisers. Saylor explained that gofundme.com is a “clean” way to fundraise, because the donors and amounts are all listed. Central office can then write a check out of the account to go to the booster club that raised the money.
Two Mountain Movers were recognized at Thursday night’s school board meeting. Amanda Owens is the certified Mountain Mover for August. She was recognized by her peers for her excellence in the classroom, dedication to her students, her creativity and her strong leadership ability.
Margaret LeMaster was recognized by her peers for her excellent service and her contributions to the Estill County schools, as well as her positive attitude. She is August’s classified Mountain Mover.
Ross Tarrant Architects were on the agenda to report on construction projects, but they did not make it, presumably because of an oil spill on the interstate.
However, Superintendent Jeffrey Saylor said that a “punch list” had been given to the contractor (Riddell Construction), and it has been 99 percent completed.
The working budget for fiscal year 2017 was approved.
“We stopped the bleeding,” Saylor said, as he called it a “great budget,” despite the cuts that have been made.
From the agenda, several consent items were approved, including the minutes of a special meeting (tax hearing) on September 8, 2016. According to the minutes, there were no visitors or comments, and the real and personal property tax rates were set at 45.4 for fiscal year 2017. The motor vehicle and water craft tax rates were set for 54.8, also at the current rate.
Steve Tipton stepped forward to propose to the board that they make bass fishing an extracurricular activity. Tipton, an avid fisherman, said the activity would be self-sustaining and that he has commitments from several donors including tackle companies.
Tipton went on to explain that the sport will be open to grades eight through twelve. The board unanimously approved bass fishing as an extracurricular activity.
Other items approved include: An extra curricular art teaching job at West Irvine, a second reading of revisions to the Food/School Nutrition Service Police, a West Irvine fundraiser, adoption of Child Abuse and Neglect training; a GEAR UP partnership with Berea College, the Adult Education contract, West Irvine as a GED testing site; the Certiport Testing Agreement; and check-signing authority for the new South Irvine Clerk.
Notification of personnel actions included the hiring of Tony Campbell and Roger Puckett as bus drivers; Brittani Goosey, Linda Hardy, Dessa Hays, Dasha Muncy and Lashae Stamper as bus assistants; Hunter Osborne as coop student; Clinton Terry as traffic controller; Jeff Burchfield, Amy Farmer and Lynn Miller as core content leaders at the high school; Marilyn Rogers as district Medicaid Coordinator; Jeremy Simpson as district energy manager; Brittany Wynn as West Irvine writing cluster leader, and Sarah Young as head cheerleading coach at the high school. Resignations/term limits were recognized from Marcia Marcum, bus assistant, and Carolyn Miller, bus driver. Wayne Parvin retired as bus driver.
During the public comments section of the agenda, school board vice chair Robbie Starling said he wanted to dispel any rumors about his reasons for not running for school board again. He said he doesn’t plan to run for four more years, because he doesn’t plan to be here in four more years. He added that he had really enjoyed working with the other board members and with the superintendents.
Patty Hood echoed his sentiment, stating that she had been on the board for 18 years, that she had enjoyed it, but it was time for some “new blood.”
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Estill County school board will be on Oct. 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the central office.