Though state approval is pending, Taylor County Schools' 2011-2012 calendar has been set.
School Board members approved the calendar at Tuesday night's regular meeting. Because the calendar includes early-release Fridays, it is considered an alternative calendar and must have KDE approval.
The first day for students is set for Aug. 3, while the last day would be May 17.
Thanksgiving break is Nov. 23-27. Christmas break is Dec. 17-Jan. 1. Fall break is Sept. 30-Oct. 9. Spring break is March 30-April 8.
Other off days for students are Labor Day - Sept. 5, Kentucky Education Association training - Nov. 7, Election Day - Nov. 8, Martin Luther King Day - Jan. 16, President's Day, Feb. 20 and Election Day, May 15.
The Board also discussed and took questions regarding its building plans and the recent purchase of land on KY 210. For more on that, see the News-Journal's March 10 issue.
Also at the meeting:
Band Director Stephen Bishop said 16 middle and high school students have been selected for All-District Band. Four students performed their audition pieces - Alex Parker, seventh grade, percussion; Nathan Pendleton, eighth grade, trombone; Andrea Bault, senior, clarinet; and Alex Hezik, junior, French horn. The high school flute choir, Kate Wimmer, junior; Chelsea Mehegan, freshman; Torri Daffron, junior; Brittany Sapp, senior; and instructor Christina Bishop, also performed.
TCHS teacher Patty Evans introduced DECA students Raven Burress and Nolan Slinker, who gave a presentation on Cardinal Kroger, the longest running Gold Level Certified DECA program in Kentucky. DECA President Campbell Bishop discussed some of the community projects DECA has participated in, such as raising money for the Taylor County Animal Shelter and Muscular Dystrophy. The Board approved contributing $1,000 for the group's trip to the nationals in Orlando, Fla. in April.
The Board agreed to accept bids for school bus parts, school day pictures, art supplies, senior pictures and class rings.
The Board agreed to sign a resolution pledging its commitment to be partners with the Kentucky Department of Education in preparing high school graduates to be college and career ready. The agreement calls for increasing the rate of college and career readiness by 50 percent between 2010 and 2015.
Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook presented the Board with a certificate from the Kentucky School Board Association for completing the Advancing Student Achievement to Proficiency requirements. Board member Jim Cheatham also received a certificate for reaching level four certification.
A leave of absence for Latonya DeLaGarza was approved.
TCHS Principal Charles Higdon Jr. said his sophomores are ranked 23rd out of 200 high schools on the PLAN test scores. PLAN tests English, math, reading and science skills. TCHS students scored above the state average on all counts, finishing with a composite average of 17.3. The state composite is 16.7. Higher PLAN scores, Higdon said, will lead to higher ACT scores among juniors.
TCMS Principal C.D. Harvey said her school's BETA club finished second in the state in talent. On the District's building plans, she said, "I graduated from this high school. Both of us are wearing out. There should be no argument here. We can all tighten our belts. I commend the Board. Don't you move one bit. I will stay with you until this job is done. That is my promise to you."
TCES Principal Brian Clifford urged the community to come together so that the students and staff of TCES can be moved to a safer building. Clifford said the school's academic team won district and will now advance to regionals. On March 16, Clifford said he will spend three hours on the TCES roof, the result of TCES students exceeding recent reading goals.
Virtual Charter School Principal Bill Mattingly said seven students have completed French, while 13 have completed Spanish III. In both cases, the courses are not offered in the District's other schools. This year, 55 e-School courses, 11 CollegeNow and 33 college hours have been completed.
New hires - Kathryn Don Williams, classified substitute; Chris Farmer, substitute bus driver; Lauryn Cox, substitute teacher; and Maurice Mitchell, classified substitute.
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