Board discusses contingency fund

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State requires 2 percent, though Taylor County has 10.

James Roberts


Taylor County School District may have a funding contingency five times larger than required by the state, but that could quickly change, according to Superintendent Roger Cook.

Because there has been talk at the state level of dipping into school contingency funds to solve budget problems, the Kentucky School Board Association is asking school boards to discuss the importance of having contingencies and that those discussions be reflected in meeting minutes.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Taylor County School Board briefly discussed the issue.

The state requires at least a 2 percent contingency, Cook said, while Taylor County Schools has a 10 percent contingency. Factor in state funding cuts, maintenance emergencies, utility cost increases and other unknown issues, and that 10 percent contingency could quickly shrink, he said.

No action was necessary, Cook said.

Also at the meeting:

  •  Taylor County Elementary students Madison Blakeman, Hayley Watson, Nathaniel Clifford and Kameron Hughes gave a presentation on a recent trip to Washington D.C. The students participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • The Board approved appointing an additional future problem solving coach at Taylor County Elementary. The coach would be someone already on staff who would receive a $500 annual stipend for the position.
  • Traci Sharpe and several exceptional child education teachers gave a presentation on the program, discussing how they keep student data profiles to track performance and use test data to customize learning.
  • The Board voted to keep its regular meeting dates for the year the same - the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
  • The April 12 Board meeting was rescheduled for April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Cook will be out of town at a National School Board Association conference in San Francisco, Calif.

Administrative reports

TCES Principal Brian Clifford said officials from Casey County Schools will soon visit TCES to observe the autism units. Barren County School officials are planning a visit to the school to see the Singapore Math program in action.

TCMS Principal C.D. Harvey congratulated a group of her students who recently presented a 30-minute devotional at a Kentucky School Board Association meeting.

Harvey also said there will be a reading celebration this week at the middle and high schools. TCES will celebrate in March. As part of the celebration, students will take time out to simply read. They will also receive a free book.

TCHS Principal Charles Higdon Jr. said academic progress results are showing gains in math at his school. He also The Cardinal Times, an online student newspaper, should launch within the next month. He also noted that TCHS DECA students picked up 21 trophies at the regional conference and will now advance to the state level.

Virtual Charter School Principal Bill Mattingly said there is a good problem at the school - "We are maxed out on E-school and College Now." Mattingly showed a video that detailed how E-school works.


  • New hires - Kent Penick, classified substitute; Benjamin David Ellard, substitute teacher; Eric Graves, head football coach; Roger Whitley, substitute bus driver; Jason England, head girls' soccer coach; Mike Pollock, head girls' softball coach and Jessica Gunby and Mallory Koone, assistant girls' softball coaches.
  • Resignations - Shane Cox, assistant football coach and Megan Williams, TCHS dance coach.