Some employees who were given pink slips in the spring have been rehired to work in the Letcher County Public School System.
“We recalled quite a few people,” said Anna Craft, superintendent of Letcher County Public Schools, during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. “We had some funding on some of our grants and were able to hire some back.”
Certified employees who received nonrenewal of contract letters and were hired back are Paige Adams, Denise Baker, Malinda Boggs, Jamieson Burgett, Jacqueline Hall, Megan Ison, Jamie Napier, April Ramirez and McKenzie Williams.
Classified employees who received nonrenewal of contract letters and were hired back are Brittney Adams, Elizabeth Adams, Malissa Armitage, Bridgett Begley, Olivia Blair, Crystal Boggs, Terrie Combs, Tammy Cook, Lisa Elkins, Sharon McCall, Carolyn Potter, Michelle Robinson, Melissa Shepherd, Donna Sturgill, Michelle Tilley and Heather Vice.
Chris Russell, project manager of the Letcher County Area Technology Center, told the school board Monday night that the construction project is four weeks ahead of schedule and could be completed by November 28. Russell said roofing was to begin July 27, but should start this week.
Craft told Danny Vance, principal of the Letcher County Area Technology Center, that she wanted to go on record as asking for the nursing program to be returned to the school.
“Whatever that process is, I would like to ask for that back,” said Craft. “You find out what that process is and the board will be behind you.”
“The community needs it,” Vance agreed.
“There is probably no more demand in the health profession than nursing,” said Board Member Dr. Sam Quillen Jr.
In other business, Vernon Engle of Tri-Star Communications told the board that his cable company which serves the Linefork area is the only one that doesn’t have the Letcher County Schools channel or Government Channel 98 on a cable system serving the county. Engle proposed placing a microwave transmitter on Pine Mountain at Mayking. Craft told Engle he would need to contact Randy Bailey, district technology coordinator.
“We want those folks to get (the school channel) down there,” said Craft. “I appreciate your willingness to try to get it on.”
Kenneth Cornett, director of pupil personnel, said the district average daily attendance percentage for the 2011-2010 school year is 92.43 percent, an increase of .92 percent from last school year. The attendance rate at Letcher County Central High School is 90.77 percent, the highest its percentage rate has been since the consolidated high school opened in 2006.
Cora Sturgill, director of food services, announced that every student at two elementary schools will be eating fresh fruits and vegetables next school year. As part of a grant with the Kentucky Department of Education’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program, Beckham Bates Elementary School has been awarded $11,024.75 and Fleming- Neon Elementary School has been awarded $10,868 to purchase produce.
“We want to introduce them to new fruits and vegetables they haven’t been exposed to,” said Sturgill. “It’s a good program.”
Sturgill said the program is a way to encourage students to eat healthier foods.
Included in other business, the board:
• named Sturgill and Bert Slone, school resource officer, as employees of the month.
• recognized Dakota Cornett, a recent graduate of Letcher County Central High School, for placing first in shot put at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Track Meet.
• approved changes to the student code of conduct for the 2011-2012 year. A copy of the code will be kept on file in central office.
The changes include the additional rule that any student enrolled into the Letcher County Education Center who commits a drug or alcohol offense, violence to include fighting and assault, or weapon/dangerous instrument offense shall lose student driving privileges and shall not be provided transportation by the Letcher County Schools.
Also, when a student accumulates six unexcused absences or 10 unexcused tardies, the student shall be considered a habitual truant and will be referred to the district director of pupil personnel, who will generate further actions.
• awarded bids to Fire Alarm Pros for alarm systems, intercoms, public address system and clocks. The official contract bid price is $9,300.
• awarded the bank depository bid to Community Trust Bank.
“ Both banks are very good and generous to our school district,” said Craft. “Both give to us every time we have a need.”
• continued two contracts with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department to provide school resource offi cers for the school district. The resource officers have arresting powers and will be properly trained with a law enforcement agency. Compensation for both officers is $64,516 plus $99.52 each month for partial health insurance costs.
• approved agreements with Save the Children for Beckham Bates, Cowan and Letcher elementary schools for the 2011-2012 school year. BBES will receive $57,335. CES will receive $31,620 and LES will get $57,522.
• ratified memorandum of agreements with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for Linda Hall and Carolyn Spangler to serve as educational recovery specialists/principals for the upcoming school year.
• approved an memorandum of agreement with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers’ fiscal year 2012 contract totaling $363,482.16.
• approved a memorandum of agreement with Teach for America, Inc. to find a high school Spanish teacher for the coming year.
• approved an agreement with the Kentucky River District Health Department to provided limited school nursing services for the 2011-2012 school year. The school board will contribute $5,000 for each nurse at each site, which is not to exceed $40,000.
“ That has been a successful program at all of our schools,” said Craft. “I think we need to do that for as long as we can.”
• continued a contract with Tender Loving Care Daycare for afterschool and summer child care at West Whitesburg Elementary School for the time period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
• continued coverage through Ohio Casualty for Workers Compensation, comprehensive general liability, educator’s legal liability, property, inland marine, umbrella and bus/ fleet insurance at a total premium of $390,010 for the 2011-2012 period.
• approved a change order for the construction of the Letcher County Area Technology Center to provide and install three exterior light fixtures. Cost is $2,971.39.
• learned of the resignations of classified employees Royetta M. Toler, a bus driver for the district and WWES; Nancy Hatton, instructional assistant II at WWES; Sarah Day, custodian at LCCHS, and Deborah Lester, a bus driver for the district and CES.
• learned of the hiring of Karen E. Boggs as a substitute teacher.
The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on July 25 in the Lendell Smith Memorial Conference Room of the Letcher County School Bus Garage.