Whitesburg KY

Students miss 13th day because of bad weather

Today (Wednesday) marks the 13th day of classes students in the Letcher County school district have missed because of bad weather.

“We are very concerned about that,” Supt. Anna Craft said Monday night at the December meeting of the Letcher County Board of Education.

The district’s attendance rate for the 2010-2011 school year is now at 93.18 percent, still better than last year’s rate of 91.51 percent at the same time. Cowan Elementary School had the highest attendance rate in the district for the fourth month of school with 93.97 percent. Arlie Boggs Elementary School has had the highest attendance rate for the first three months of the school year.

In other business, Certified Public Accountant Rupert White praised the school board on the results of the district’s recently completed financial audit.

“The district did an excellent job,” said White.

He said he found some minor problems in school activity funds, but said they were not significant enough to include in the audit report.

“We’ve already gone over this with those schools what they have been doing,” said Gary Caldwell, district finance officer.

The board also:

• named Linda Setzer, board secretary, employee of the month. Setzer notified the board of her intent to retire at last month’s meeting. Letcher Schools Supt. Anna Craft described Setzer as loyal, dedicated and efficient.

• approved the district honors band to travel to Prestonsburg Jan. 13.

• authorized Craft to advertise for bids for cellular phones and fiber lease for the 2011-2012 school year.

• signed contracts for pupil accounting on non-resident pupils as negotiated with each school system on reciprocal agreement. These schools are Jenkins Independent Schools, Pike County Schools, Harlan Independent, Knott County Schools, Perry County Schools, Hazard Independent and any other school districts submitting legitimate non-resident contracts for the 2011-2012 school year.

• continued mobile home site leases at Arlie Boggs and West Whitesburg elementary schools. Winston Burton will be responsible for security at ABES and Bob Smith will be responsible for security at WWES. Payment will be $75 each month for rent and each will receive $50 credit for security services, making the monthly payment $25 due at the beginning of each month.

• approved an agreement with Sherman-Carter-Barnhart Architects to conduct a district-wide facility survey for Letcher County Schools. Sherman-Carter-Barnhart will make an onsite visit to each building in the district to review the physical condition of the facility and to complete the Kentucky Board of Education school building evaluation forms as well as options of probate cost associated with required new work and renovations. This action is necessary as part of developing a new district facility plan for the district. Cost of the service is $21,264.79.

• approved a performance agreement and rental contract for the LCCHS drama class production of “Happy Days.” The total amount due to Samuel French is $3,360.

• approved the following payment of claims for construction of the Letcher County Area Technology Center: WD Construction, $23,602.86; Alliance Corporation, $118,845; MMI of Kentucky, $28,300; Home Lumber Company, $28,307; Pine Mountain Stone, $726; Marion Steel Fabrication, $2,468.45; Carpet Decorators, Inc, $1,070.10; Elliott Contracting, $12,425.40; Elliott Supply and Glass, $1,586.12; Codell Construction Company, $8,711; Codell Construction Company (reimbursement) $2,233.10; and L.E. Gregg Associates, $4,818.10.

• approved the financial report, payment of bills and transfers and payment of salaries for December 2010. Caldwell reported there was $11,293,313.56 in the general ledger balance, of which $7,551,629 makes up the construction fund.

• declared social studies maps and miscellaneous materials as surplus.

• approved the termination of Deborah Amburgey, a teacher at Beckham Bates Elementary School.

• accepted the resignations of Archie Crawford, a custodian and lunchroom monitor at West Whitesburg Elementary School, and Pamela Mullins, a program assistant II with the Save the Children program at Letcher Elementary School.

• learned of the certified employment of Brian Breeding as a teacher at Whitesburg Middle School.

• approved the classified employment of Goldie Kalahann as a program assistant II with Arlie Boggs Elementary School and James Sexton as a lunchroom monitor and custodian at West Whitesburg Elementary School.

• approved Frieda Ritchie being hired as a tutor at Fleming-Neon Elementary School.

The board made a motion at 7:40 p.m. to enter into executive session “for the purpose of discussing litigation, personnel and/ or property.” Will Smith, chairman of the board, made a motion to come out of executive session at 8:15 p.m. and reported that no action was taken while in executive session.

The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Lendell Smith Memorial Room of the school bus garage.

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