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Board sets Aug. 5 as first school day for 2015-16 year



Students enrolled in Letcher County Public Schools will start next school year on August 5.

The Letcher County Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 school calendar during its meeting held March 23. Fall break is set for October 9 and October 12. Christmas break begins December 19. The second semester begins January 4. Spring break is April 4 – 8. May 10 is the last day of the 2015-16 school year for students.

Kenneth Cornett, district director of pupil personnel, told the board that 65 less kids are enrolled in the district than were on March 19, 2014. District enrollment totaled 3,186 this time last school year. As of March 19, 2015 district enrollment totaled 3,121.

“The number of students is getting less,” said Cornett. “We’ve been expecting that some.”

The board approved requesting three disaster days from the Kentucky Department of Education for Letcher Elementary and Letcher Middle schools. Because of water problems, the two schools were canceled on October 22, 23 and 24.

The board approved a request by the Letcher County Central High School baseball team to participate in a baseball game in Jonesville, Va., on March 31. The West Whitesburg Elementary School dance team will compete in Jamfest in Sevierville, Tenn. April 9-12.

LCCHS seniors are leaving for New York City on a chartered bus on March 29. The group will arrive in NYC at 10 a.m. on March 30, when they are scheduled to tour Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and and Times Square. On March 31, the seniors and chaperones will view a taping of “The Today Show” at 8:30 a.m. Macy’s Department Store, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Washington Square and a dinner cruise are also on the agenda for March 31.

The seniors have a full day of sightseeing on April 1 including Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, St. Paul’s Chapel and 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Seniors will watch a performance by the Blue Man Group at 8 p.m. Chinatown, Little Italy, Intrepid Museum, Grand Central Station, Times Square and Dallas BBQ are on the agenda for April 2. Seniors depart NYC at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 and are expected to arrive at LCCHS at 7:30 a.m. on April 3.

The board approved the district middle school speech team to compete in state level competition in Lexington March 26-28. LCCHS Future Business Leaders of America will participate in state level competition in Louisville on March 30 – April 1. Letcher County students will participate in a State Skills USA competition in Louisville on April 22 – 25.

The board accepted a deed from the Letcher County Schools Finance Cooperation for all buildings and property located at the old Whitesburg High School campus.

The board went into closed session at 7:30 p.m. to discuss a criminal case involving Peggy R. Cook, a former Whitesburg Middle School secretary and bookkeeper. Cook, who was indicted in October, is accused of taking at least $10,000 in cash from the school during a 14-month period.

The board came out of executive session at 8 p.m. and Board Chairman Will Smith said no action was taken while behind closed doors.

The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on April 27 in the Letcher County School Bus Garage.



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