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New math books await students



With school starting back in one week, new math textbooks await kindergarten through fifth-grade students enrolled in Letcher County Public Schools.

Letcher Supt. Tony Sergent said it has been more than 10 years since new sets of math books have been ordered.

The district received $ 80,000 in state funding for instructional resources. Coupled with additional money from flex funds, the district purchased hardcopy textbooks, electronic books and additional resources.

Sergent said the district put next year’s allocation of $80,000 toward purchasing math books for sixth through 12th grades.

The textbooks implement Kentucky’s common core academic standards.

Sergent told the Letcher County Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting that the district’s Code of Conduct will be posted on the district website rather than paying to have 3,500 copies printed as in previous years. Sergent estimates it will save the district $8,000.

Copies printed on the district’s copying machines will be made available to those who request them, Sergent said.

Teachers will still go over the Code of Conduct book with students.

Sergent said many high school students leave Code of Conduct books under desks and or throw them in the garbage.

The Code of Conduct will be available to view at www.letcher.kyschools.us.

In other business, the board approved allowing Jason Monday, membership sales manager with AirMed- Care Network, to visit school facilities and talk to faculty and staff about a membership plan to alleviate out-ofpocket expenses for emergency medical helicopter flights.

“It’s a win/win situation,” said board member Dr. Sam Quillen Jr. “I hope it will be something that our faculty will check into.”

District employees have the option to sign up for the one-year membership at a discounted rate of $55. The normal cost is $65.

For members who have insurance, the patient’s insurance company will be billed. Monday said the amount the insurance company agrees to pay is considered payment in full.

“It’s well worth it,” said board member Robert Kiser.

In other business, Assistant Supt. Twyla Messer told the board that the maintenance department installed motion sensor hand dryers in all bathrooms used by preschool students.

The board also:

• approved to pay membership dues of $3,916.05 to participate in the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC).

• entered into a contract with Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation to provide drug screening services and physicals for new employees. Cost is $100 per screen.

• approved an one-year employment agreement with Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative (KVEC) to allow Sandy Hogg to serve as Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) student and community wellness leader.

• approved a one-year employment agreement with KVEC to allow Dion Bates to be an achievement gap/literacy specialist.

• approved Sergent’s recommendation of paying $122,027, which is 25 percent of the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) workers compensation invoice. The board agreed to pay the remaining balance of $366,080 over the next six years at $61,013 each year.

• approved the financial report, transfers and payment of bills and June salaries. Brian Johnson, district finance officer, said the bank balance on June 30 totaled $2,573,617.86, of which $257,821.82 is in a construction fund.

• learned of certified resignations of Matthew Kettler, Letcher County Central High School head wrestling coach, and Richard Raleigh, LCCHS head tennis coach.

• learned of the hiring of William Jeffrey Mike as principal of Cowan Elementary School.

• learned of the certified hiring of Vanessa Rouse as a districtwide speech/language pathologist.

• learned of the classified resignation of Tabatha Jones, cook/ baker at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School.

• learned of the classified termination of Steven Holbrook, a custodian and lunch monitor at Letcher Elementary School.

• learned of the classified retirement of William King, a bus driver, and Vicky Little, account clerk III at central office.

• learned of the classified employment of Connie Dennison, a cook/baker at Fleming-Neon Middle School; Jason Dyal, a bus driver; Rickey Gilley, a custodian and lunch monitor at LES; Joe Gose, a custodian at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School; and Cherith Wright, a custodian at Whitesburg Middle School.

The next regular board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on August 25 in the Lendell Smith Memorial Conference Room of the Letcher County School Bus Garage.



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