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Board OK’s third principal job at high school




The Letcher County Board of Education has approved creating an assistant principal position at Letcher County Central High School.

The motion to create the position was introduced by Board Chairman Will Smith after a recommendation by Superintendent Anna Craft after the board met in an executive, or closed session.

“If you recall at times we’ve talked about a position that could assist (Pupil Personnel Director) Kenny Cornett with attendance,” said Craft. “The worst attendance we had is at the high school so I am recommending that we add an assistant principal at the high school. And that person will work with Kenny on attendance at the high school. Eventually it will pay for itself .”

Craft said the 225-day position will be salaried in accordance with the district’s regular salary schedule. The new employee will eventually work with the alternative education program.

Letcher County Central currently has two assistant principals, Denise Yonts and Scottie Billiter. The school’s new head boys’ basketball coach, Robert Hammonds, is expected to assume the additional post. (See related story)

For the time period of March 30 to May 1, LCCHS had a monthly attendance rate of 88.81 percent, with the district rate being 92 percent as of May 1.

In other business, the board approved a tentative budget of $29,470,939 for the 2009-2010 school year after a presentation by district finance director Roger Martin. The budget includes a one-percent increase in salaries and money to buy two new school buses, which was not included last year. Martin said he did not budget money for a new roof at Whitesburg Middle School but thinks funding might become available for that later on. He said he adjusted the budget to reflect an increase in utility expenses. Martin said the district is continuing to match its technology grants.

The board also:

• named Mary Craft, a teacher at Cowan, employee of the month.

• approved a Summer Splash program in cooperation with Kentucky River Community Care from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. June 15 through July 23 at West Whitesburg Elementary and Whitesburg Middle schools.

• approved use of the Letcher County Central High School Cafeteria for the Whitesburg High School class of 1959 reunion on September 26.

• approved a request by the seventh and eighth-grade classes at Arlie Boggs Elementary School to travel to Charleston, S.C., May 29 through June 3.

• approved a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., by the Arlie Boggs Elementary School Beta Club June 5 through June 6.

• approved a travel request by the Fleming-Neon Elementary School Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) to compete in Lexington on May 21 through May 22.

• voted to allow the Letcher County Central High School tennis team to participate in statelevel competition on May 20-22 in Lexington.

• approved reimbursing the LCCHS tennis team and track team up to $1,000 each for making it to the state tournament.

• accepted bids for the following items for the Letcher County school district for the 2009-2010 school year: Paving, Mountain Enterprise; refrigeration repairs, Banks Refrigeration; batteries and filters, A-C Brake Co.; and custodial supplies and heating and cooling material, B.W.B. Enterprises.

• approved participating in the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative bidding process for the 2009-2010 school year for the following items: school pictures, athletic equipment, pest control, bread and bread products, milk and milk products, food and supplies, paper, instructional supplies and custodial supplies.

• amended the 2008-09 school calendar to show the last day of school for students as June 9 and the closing day for teachers as June 10. The last day for certified and classified staff at Beckham Bates Elementary School will be June 16.

• approved the 2009-10 pay dates. All employees will be paid on a two-week basis beginning July 17 for a total of 27 pay dates.

• approved the 2009-10 salary schedule for certified and classified employees which includes a one-percent increase in pay as mandated by legislative action.

• set the substitute teacher salary schedule for the 2009-10 school year as follows: rank one, $90; rank two, $85; rank three (certified), $80; rank four, $64; rank five, $55; and a pilot program, $54. When a substitute stays in the same position for 20 days, they will be paid according to the regular teacher salary schedule, with the exception of retired teachers.

• authorized Craft to advertise for bids for crumb rubber to be installed at the Letcher Elementary School playground.

• approved a multiple bid award for soft drinks for the 2009- 10 school year to Pepsi, Royal Crown and Coca-Cola.

• approved a multiple award of bid for fruit drinks and water for the food service program for the 2009-10 school year to Pepsi and Coca Cola.

• approved paying $16,785.25 to Breeding’s Plumbing and Electric for services rendered for the plumbing renovation project at Fleming-Neon Elementary School.

In a personnel report approved by the board:

• retirement requests were submitted by Mary Craft, a teacher at Cowan Elementary School; Gail Roark, a teacher at Letcher County Central High School; and Annias H. Holbrook, a teacher at Letcher County Central High School.

• Raymond Justice was dismissed as head basketball coach at Letcher County Central High School.

• Janet Burgess was fired from her job as a custodian at Beckham Bates Elementary School.

• Resignations were submitted by Stephen T. Banks, assistant basketball coach at Letcher County Central High School; Yvette McGuire, director of special education and preschool; Tammy Cook, program assistant II at Beckham Bates Elementary School; Leroy Fields, a bus driver at Cowan Elementary School; and Melinda Boggs, program assistant II at Arlie Boggs Elementary School.

• Twyla Messer, director of maintenance and operations, has been named assistant superintendent.

• Melvin Taylor, Jr. has been employed as a district-wide bus driver.

• Michael Whitaker has been named as assistant head football coach at Letcher County Central High School.

• Fourteen non-tenured teachers received letters of non-renewal for the 2009-10 school year. They are: Jessica Antonio, Dionne Bates, Jamie Bates, Patricia Bentley, Jamala Billiter, Joel Boggs, Sonya Bowling, Gabriel Burns, Kyra Creech, Darryl Greer, Bethany Justice, Winston Lee, Carmella Webb and Lesley Whitaker.

All could be rehired after the process of retirement and attrition is complete.

• Seventeen classified personnel received letters of non-renewal for the 2009-10 school year. They are: Elizabeth Adams, Jessica Adams, Terri Bailey, Vivian Banks, William Banks, Olivia Blair, Melinda Boggs, Janet Burgess, Lisa Elkins, Gail Glanz, Jacqueline Hall, Michele Robinson, Melissa Shepherd, Sallie Sparkman, Michael Sparks, Adrienne Sturgill and Megan Sumpter.

The next school board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on June 22 in the Letcher County school bus garage in West Whitesburg.


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