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Letcher school board works on district’s code of conduct



The Letcher County Board of Education has added synthetic substances and compounds to the list of illegal drugs banned from school property in the code of conduct book for the upcoming school year.

Another change to the updated code of conduct book is that students are not allowed to wear the hoods attached to sweatshirts or coats over their heads inside school buildings.

In other business at the board’s June meeting Monday night, Supt. Anna Craft told the board a Spanish teacher has been hired to teach eighth-grade classes in the district. Craft said offering a Spanish class in middle school will better prepare students for Spanish in high school.

Terry Sturgill, director of special projects, said the Letcher County Area Technology Center is 98 percent complete and the pedestrian walkway, which connects the center to the high school, should be completed before school starts Aug. 6.

The board approved adding 10 minutes to the school day to allow time for all students to eat free breakfast. Craft said the calendar committee will discuss whether four bank days should be used to make up the time or whether 10 minutes will be added to the end of each school day.

The board also:

• named Lesia Whitaker, director of curriculum and instructor, as employee of the month.

• accepted as a first reading changes to board policies regarding personnel volunteers, personnel salaries, school attendance zones for students and schoolrelated trips for students.

Volunteers will pay a $10 fee for volunteer criminal records checks.

Part-time and full-time classifi ed personnel upon employment will be granted one year of experience of the district’s salary schedule for each school year in which they have worked a minimum of 100 days either as a full-time, part-time or substitute employee.

Children of full-time district employees can enroll in any district school where the parent is employed. Average daily attendance must be transferred from the district of residence for children of employees living out of district.

• approved a membership agreement with the Kentucky School Boards Association. Dues are $4,885.07 from July 1 2012 through June 30, 2013.

• approved a membership agreement with Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative for the upcoming school year. Membership cost is $8,000.

• continued two contracts with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department to provide two school resource officers for the district. The officers will have arresting powers and will be properly trained with a law enforcement agency. Compensation to the sheriff ’s department will be $32,775.80 for one officer and $31,740.80 for the second officer in addition to any fixed charges associated with that amount. The board will pay $49.76 each month for each officer as partial payment for health insurance cost.

• approved agreements with Save the Children for Cowan and Letcher elementary schools for the upcoming school year. Cowan will receive $61,923 and Letcher will receive $72,997.

• ratified a memorandum of agreement with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for Carolyn Spangler to serve as an educational recovery leader/ principal for the upcoming school year.

• ratified a memorandum of agreement with KDE for Charles Hall to serve as a social studies consultant for the upcoming school year.

• approved a memorandum of agreement with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers contract for fiscal year 2013. Total amount of funding is $362,082.

• continued coverage through Neace Lukens for workers compensation, comprehensive general liability, property, inland marine, umbrella and bus/fleet insurance. The total premium is $432,853 for the upcoming school year.

• applied for funding through a grant from the Office of Safe and Drug Free School Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program. If allocated, funding would total $1,164,437 and includes salaries for four guidance counselors and one school social worker.

• approved the hiring of Sherman, Carter Barnhart as the project manager for phase III of the LCCHS construction project, which includes a softball field, two tennis courts, a golf putting green and asphalt surfacing.

• entered into an agreement with Kentucky River District Health Department to provide limited school nursing services for the upcoming school year. The school board will contribute $5,000 per school per nurse. Total amount is not to exceed $40,000.

• approved a memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to use classrooms at Letcher County Central High School for the graduated license program for the upcoming school year.

• entered into a memorandum of agreement with Southern Regional Education Board to participate in the Kentucky Middle Grades Schools of Innovation Project.

• continued a contract with Tender Loving Care Daycare for after school and summer child care at West Whitesburg Elementary School from July 1, 2012 through June 20, 2013.

• approved the May financial report, payment of bills and transfers and payment of May salaries. Gary Caldwell, district finance officer, reported an actual balance of $5,939,103.07.

• learned of the following certifi ed resignations: Melissa Owsley, Whitesburg Middle School teacher; Jesse Brian Roark, Letcher Elementary School teacher; Gregory Short, substitute teacher and Christie Sturdivant, substitute teacher; Jamie Adkins, WMS cheerleading coach; James Baker, LCCHS head wrestling coach; Phyllis Barker, LCCHS head dance coach; Deborah Frazier, LCCHS head cheerleading coach; Christopher Hensley, substitute teacher; and Sallie Hubbard, LCCHS head girls’ track coach and cross country coach.

• learned of the following certifi ed retirements: Rhonda Cromer, hearing impaired/homebound teacher; Laurel McCall, LCCHS special education teacher and Nancy McCray, West Whitesburg Elementary School teacher.



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