Staff and students of Arlie Boggs Elementary School told the Letcher County Board of Education that they are striving to meet five school goals associated with keeping the school open.
Parents, staff and students have been working together to improve the school after a community meeting was held March 29 at the ABES gymnasium in which a couple hundred people listened to Supt. Anna Craft and Pupil Personnel Director Kenny Cornett speak about the school’s declining enrollment.
As of the fifth day of the 2010- 2011 school year, 130 students are enrolled at the Eolia school; 128 were enrolled at this time last year.
Having all students at 100 percent proficiency and having an attendance rate of 95 percent or better are two of the goals.
Harry Collins, a teacher at ABES, said an incentive program has been implemented to encourage students to attend school. All students with perfect attendance at the end of the first six-week period will be eligible to win a portable gaming system. A green flag is displayed in the school on days that the school has 95 percent of its students there. Referrals to the counselor and home visits are being made for students who miss school.
Other goals are working together to create a clean and inviting school, continuing to increase parent and community involvement, and selecting a strong studentcentered leader as the next principal of the school.
“Flowers were planted,” said Twyla Messer, assistant superintendent. “Walls were painted. I was impressed. It looked awesome.”
Marie Coleman, coordinator of the Family Resource Youth Service Center for ABES, said 24 people have signed up to volunteer at the school.
“The parents and grandparents are more than ever willing to put the children of Arlie Boggs Elementary School first,” said Mendy Boggs, president of the ABES Parent Teacher Organization.
In other board business, Terry Sturgill, director of special projects, said Supt. Anna Craft is doing well after having a heart attack earlier this month.
“She’s coming along real well,” said Sturgill. “She’s doing great. She’s going to come back better.”
The board approved a price quote of $47,900 from Hendrick Hardwood Floors to begin replacing the Whitesburg Middle School gymnasium floor, which was destroyed during the summer by a hard rainfall.
“During the re-roofing we had monsoon weather,” said Board Chairman Will Smith.
The board also:
• named Sina Yonts, lead custodian at Letcher County Central High School, employee of the month.
• approved four hours of local professional development for Board Member Mike Harris for training provided by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative on July 30.
• approved purchasing a vehicle from the state approved bid list. The vehicle will be driven by Assistant Supt. Twyla Messer.
• approved a one-year agreement with Stericycle, Inc. to collect and dispose of all biomedical waste generated by the school district. Cost is $85.43 for each container with a fuel charge of $5 for each stop and an energy charge of $2 for each stop. Pickup is once every 26 weeks.
• approved two service provider contracts for the 2010-2011 school year. Jeff rey L. Holbrook will provide speech and language screenings, evaluations and speech/ language therapy. Linda Henegar- Teague will provide onsite sociopsychiatric case histories, physiological assessments, social work treatment plans and consultation services when needed.
• approved a contract with the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Grant, which is to help homeless children have equal access to public education. Maximum amount of this grant is $34,606.
• approved the following payments of claim for construction of the Letcher Area Technology Center: Codell Construction, preconstruction, $31,425; L.E. Gregg Associates, job site evaluation, $359.85; WD Construction, LLC, contractor/supplier, $220,516.20; Independent Concrete Pipe Co., contractor/supplier, $13,560; Alliance Corporation, contractor/ supplier, $19,765.06; Pine Mt. Stone Inc., contractor/supplier; $349.39; Grayhawk LLC, contractor/ supplier, $3,335.40; Tile- Setters, Inc., contractor/supplier, $720; and Atlas Metal Products, contractor/supplier, $225.
• approved paying $24,400 to South Central Roofing and Sheet Metal for contractor services for the re-roofing project at Whitesburg Middle School.
• approved the personnel report, which included several resignations and employments. Debra Fields, an art teacher at Cowan Elementary School, presented her resignation on July 23. Resignations include Kyra Creech-Hendrickson, a teacher at Cowan Elementary School, Christopher Hogue, principal of Arlie Boggs Elementary School, Amanda Driskell Sturgill, a teacher at Cowan Elementary School, Kelly Stewart, a district-wide bus driver and Malinda Boggs, a literacy tutor at Beckham Bates Elementary School.
Newly employed certified personnel include Megan Stidham Ison, a teacher at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, April Ramirez, a teacher at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, Stephanie Gilbert, a teacher at Beckham Bates Elementary School, Betty Acevedo, a special education teacher at Letcher County Central High School, Alison Little, an art teacher at Cowan Elementary School, Lisa Francis, a Spanish teacher at Letcher County Central High School, Sandra Bolling, a teacher at Letcher County Central High School, Tia Smith, a teacher at Cowan Elementary School, Malissa Young, a teacher at Arlie Boggs Elementary School and April Cupp, a teacher at Cowan Elementary School.
Newly employed classified personnel include Kimelia Osborne, a cook/baker at Arlie Boggs Elementary School, Brittany Adams, program assistant II coordinator at Beckham Bates Elementary School, Pamela Mullins, program assistant II coordinator at Letcher Elementary School, Courtney Sumpter, bus driver, Charlotte Isom, cook/baker, Jerry Bentley, bus driver, James McAuley, bus driver, Lakita Nadean Hayes, bus driver, Juanita Wright, bus monitor, John Morton, instructional assistant II at Letcher Elementary School, Nancy Hatton, instructional assistant II at West Whitesburg Elementary School, Heather Bates, instructional assistant II at Letcher County Central High School and Emmitt Thacker, custodian at Letcher County Central High School.
Approved certified transfers include Stacy Quillen from a teacher at Letcher County Central High School to a teacher at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, Joshua Yonts from a teacher at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School to principal at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, Tony Sergent, from a teacher at Letcher County Central High School to principal at Fleming-Neon Elementary School, Roger B. Johnson from a teacher at Letcher County Central High School to principal at West Whitesburg Elementary School, Michael Whitaker from a teacher at Whitesburg Middle/Letcher County Central High School to a teacher at the Letcher Area Educational Center and Amelia Mc- Dougal from a .7 teacher at Cowan Elementary School to a fulltime teacher at Cowan Elementary School.