Whitesburg KY

Letcher board adjusts calendar for May days

Students enrolled in the Letcher County school district will be in class this Memorial Day and teachers will work on Election Day.

The Letcher County Board of Education amended the district’s 2013- 14 school calendar to make up for 29 days missed because of inclement weather.

Election Day is May 20 and Memorial Day is May 26.

June 4 is the last day of school for students. Teachers have four other contract days to work after June 4.

At its April meeting Monday night, the board approved adjustments to the classified and certified salary schedules to reflect the Kentucky Legislature’s passage of a one-percent increase for the 2014-2015 school year and a two-percent increase for the 2015- 2016 school year. Letcher Superintendent Tony Sergent is included among the certified employees and his contract will be adjusted to include the raise.

The district will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students for the 2014- 2015 school year. This will be the third year that the district has participated in the Community Eligibility Provision program.

In other business, the board approved paying $6,265.42 to Blair Construction for roof installation at Letcher Middle School.

Brian Johnson, district finance officer, said the district’s bank balance as of March 31 was $4,727,965.60. Of that amount, $225,981.84 is construction funding.

District enrollment is down 45 students from the beginning of this school year. Enrollment totaled 3,223 at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year and decreased to 3,178 by the seventh month of school.

The board also learned of the resignation of certified employee Dustin Collins, a substitute teacher, and the terminations of certified employees Whitney Bolling, a teacher at West Whitesburg Elementary School, and Travis Melton, a substitute teacher.

Letcher County Central High School teacher Brenda Chaney was rehired by the board at Monday’s meeting.

The board went into closed session at 7:59 p.m. to discuss an individual employee and litigation concerning Michelle Murphy, who claims she slipped and fell at Cowan Elementary School. The board came out of executive session at 9:05 p. m., after which Board Chairman Will Smith said no action was taken behind the closed doors.

The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on May 19 in the Letcher County School Bus Garage.

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