After serving on the Letcher County Board of Education as the student representative for the past two school years, Letcher County Central High School senior Cameron Wright said his goodbyes to the board Monday night.
“I’ve certainly enjoyed serving as student representative,” said Wright. “It has been one of my favorite parts of high school.”
Wright told the board he appreciates the opportunity to get to know the board and the central office staff.
“Being on the board has really shown me how much you care about our students in Letcher County and you are trying to make it a better place for all of us even when you have tough decisions,” he said. “I wish I could stay longer.”
Wright has been accepted to Yale University.
“He is one of those kids who makes you proud to be a part of the Letcher County board,” said Will Smith, chairman of the board.
After no one addressed the board during the public participation segment of the meeting, board member Robert Kiser asked the board if it could discuss a situation involving the school nurse at Letcher County Central High School and Mountain Comprehensive Health Care.
“Is that something we need to talk about in open meeting?,” asked Kiser.
Board attorney Darrell Hall told Kiser that it probably did not need to be discussed during the meeting. Kiser asked if it could be discussed in executive session and Smith suggested Kiser discuss the issue with Supt. Tony Sergent.
In other business, Letcher Asst. Supt. Twyla Messer told the board that the district has purchased 300 new folding metal chairs to accommodate large crowds at graduation ceremonies. Messer said some of the older chairs needed replacing. Cost of chairs is $3,776.
District student enrollment is 3,107, down 65 students from this time last year, said Kenny Cornett, district director of pupil personnel.
“We have dropped some but we have not dropped any more lately than we did there for awhile,” said Cornett.
The board learned of the certified retirements of Tamara Ison- Meade, a teacher at Cowan Elementary School, and Brenda Chaney, a teacher at LCCHS. The board also learned of the classified resignation of Paul Polly, a custodian at Fleming-Neon Middle School.
The board approved a tentative budget for the 2015-2016 school year. Brian Johnson, Letcher district finance officer, told the board the projected balance for next school year is $1,940,000, the same as the beginning balance for the 2014-2015 school year.
“This budget is almost identical to the draft budget,” said Johnson.
The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on June 22 at the Letcher County School Bus Garage.