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Letcher enrollment falls by 36 since last August, board members are told



Student enrollment in the Letcher County School System is down 36 students from the beginning of the school year, from 3,131 last August to 3,095 this week.

The enrollment numbers were presented to the Letcher County Board of Education Monday night during the board’s April meeting.

In other business, Harry Collins, a member of the Letcher County Teachers Organization, told the board about two $250 scholarships available to children of school district employees. The Jack and Ruby Burkich Scholarship is open to every college student no matter what degree they are seeking. Only students majoring in education are eligible for the Jon Henrikson Scholarship. Applications for each are due May 19.

In another matter, Randy Bailey, district technology director, told the board that 1,500 devices have been connected so far to the new Wi-Fi systems being installed in every school in the district. Installation is continuing at Letcher County Central High School.

Assistant Supt. Twyla Messer told the board that $17,684 was spent to modify the water pit at the cooling towers that are part of the heating and cooling system at Letcher County Central High School. Electrical outlets located in a manhole were replaced where an explosion occurred there in 2010.

The board also:

• approved several requests for out-of-state and overnight trips. The eighthgrade class at Cowan Elementary

School will travel to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. April 29. The Letcher Middle School academic team will be in Gatlinburg, Tenn. on May 7 and May 8. A Letcher Elementary School class will take a field trip to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. May 11. The fifthgrade class at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School will visit Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge May 19. The sixth-grade class at Whitesburg Middle School will travel to Sevierville, Tenn. May 20. The Letcher Middle School archery team will visit Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio May 21.

Overnight trips include all district band competition in Paintsville May 8–May 10; the LCCHS baseball team participating in state competition May 13– May 14 in Somerset; Letcher Middle School dance team’s trip to Pikeville May 20 and May 21; LCCHS track team to participate in state competition in Lexington May 26 and May 27; LCCHS JROTC cadet leadership competition in Richmond May 28–June 1 and LCCHS baseball team to participate in a baseball camp in Lexington June 8–June 10.

• approved a school facility rental agreement with Ignite Ministries for use of the Fleming-Neon Middle School gymnasium from 5–8 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month from May 8 to Dec. 4.

• approved the district’s participation in a free summer feeding program for all eligible children less than 19 years old. Preparation and feeding sites have not been determined.

• left in place an instructional

I position at Letcher Elementary School and two instructional I positions at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.

• approved employing White and Associates PSC to audit financial records for the 2015-16 school year. The cost is $19,900.

• approved the financial report presented by Brian Johnson, district finance officer, and payment of bills, transfers and March salaries. Johnson said $7,478,131 remains in the district’s general fund.

• learned of the resignation of certified employee Ronnie Goins as football coach at Fleming-Neon Middle School.

• learned of the extra services hirings of Larry Maggard as assistant softball coach and Michael Melton as Letcher County Central athletic director.

• learned of the resignation of classified employee Jamie Fields, a cook/baker at LCC, and the retirement of classified employee Brenda Boggs, account clerk III at central office.

• learned of the hiring of Bennie McCall as a bus driver at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School.

• went into closed session at 7:24 p.m. to discuss an individual employee and litigation involving the illness of former Letcher School teacher Roger Hall. Board Chairman Will Smith said no action was taken during the closed session, which ended at 8:08 p.m.

• set the next board meeting 6:30 p.m. on May 23, which is the last day of the 2015-16 school year for students.



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