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Band program will get more money

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Rebecca Cassell

editor@cknj.com

The band program will get an infusion of cash for the next couple of years, thanks to a decision by members of the Campbellsville Independent School Board on Monday.

Band Director Zach Shelton had asked the Board to consider providing $2,000 per year for the next five years to help him begin a program that would provide instruments to students who would like to be in band.

"We have 33 kids signed up to march this fall," Shelton said.

He said his intention is to model the Campbellsville program after an Indiana school's band program. That school, he said, provides instruments to interested students for a fee of $50 per year, which covers repairs and reeds and oils for the instruments.

Shelton said it's not uncommon for used instruments to cost as much as $300 for a trumpet and $800 to $900 for a saxophone.

"Having just this $50 fee will allow more students to participate," he said.

Shelton also described a new program at Campbellsville Middle School in which all fifth-grade students take a band class in a rotation with other classes.

"As far as I know, it's the first of its kind in Kentucky."

Superintendent Mike Deaton recommended to the Board that it set aside $3,000 per year for the next two years and then re-evaluate the band program. Board members agreed.

While the money allocated to the band program isn't exactly what Shelton asked for, he said he is pleased.

"I actually received more per year than originally expected," he said. "The two-year time period will allow for adequate time to see the effects.

"I am excited to see what is possible."

The Board also approved a $1,000 stipend for a flag instructor during the fall marching season.

Budget

All District employees will be getting a 1 percent increase in base salary this fall.

Finance Director Chris Kidwell said it has been several years since an increase has been given.

The 2011-2012 tentative budget totals $11.7 million and includes a 1 percent match for the Kentucky Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan. Kidwell said funding is proposed at $3,903, though that amount could change. The budget also includes a contingency fund of $680,000 or 5.8 percent of the total budget.

Also at the meeting:

  • In his monthly report, Superintendent Mike Deaton congratulated staff for what he called a "smooth" testing period. "Our teachers did a great job in creating the type of environment needed for students to be successful." Deaton also announced the date and time for graduation, which will be 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27.
  • Academic Achievers for the month were recognized. They are Adin Hunt and Lainey Watson from CES, Natalie Warren and Ricky Smith-Cecil at CMS and CHS students Brandy Chelf and A.J. Lane.
  • The Board approved a $1,000 stipend for an assistant cheerleading coach.
  • The Board approved the school calendar for 2011-2012. See the sidebar to this story for the dates.
  • The monthly employment report included a new hire. Joshua Mahan has been employed as a substitute bus monitor.
  • A contract with Reed Braille Co. was approved at a cost of $60 per hour for student vision services.
  • Agreements with Kentucky Educational Development Corp. and Green River Educational Cooperative were approved at a cost of $1,516 and $3,673, respectively.
  • The Board's next meeting will be on Monday, June 20, though the time has not yet been set. The meeting will be moved from its regular 6:30 p.m. time because of scheduling conflicts. The June meeting will also include the annual evaluation of the superintendent. The meeting will be announced in the News-Journal when the time is set.

Campbellsville Independent Schools

2011-2012 Calendar

Aug. 2         Opening day for teachers and staff

Aug. 3         First day for students

Sept. 5        Holiday (Labor Day)

Sept. 23       Teacher work day

Sept. 30       Professional development

Oct. 3-7       Fall break

Nov. 7         School dismissed (Regional KEA)

Nov. 8         Election Day

Nov. 23        Professional development

Nov. 24        Holiday (Thanksgiving)

Nov. 25        School dismissed

Dec. 19-30     Winter break

Jan. 2         Return from break

Jan. 16        Holiday (Martin Luther King Day)

Jan. 27        Teacher work day

Feb. 17        Teacher work day

Feb. 20        Holiday (President's Day)

March 23       Teacher work day

March 30       Professional development

April 2-6     Spring break

May 16         Last day for students