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Board recognizes 'all distinguished' students

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Staff Report

It was standing-room-only at last Thursday's Campbellsville Independent School Board meeting.

The Board recognized Campbellsville Elementary School students who scored "all distinguished" on the 2009-2010 CATS test.

Students honored were Cameron Bohannon, Hannah Goff, Randy Harris, Tristan Hovious, Daniel Johnson, Tristan Johnson, Reagan Knight, Elijah Long, Myles Murrell, Christina Phipps, Payton Reynolds, Christa Riggs, Piper Rucker, Quentin Skaggs, Hayley Stapleton, Elizabeth Sullivan, Jasmine Cox, Madison Dial, Sara Farmer, Brookelyn Franklin, Wyatt Houk, Tayler Judd, Aidan McMahan, Cooper Park, Tanner Parks, Bryce Richardson, Missy Vanorder and Tatem Wiseman.

The students were given a plaque and a free pizza coupon from Snappy Tomato.

Also on the night's recognition agenda were the District's Academic Achievers for February, including Jeremiah Jackson and Christina Phipps from CES; Rachel Brown and Jeremy Rainwater from CMS and Brianna Taylor and Cody Hunt from CHS.

Also at the meeting

  • The monthly academic spotlight was a dialogue with Campbellsville High School's site-based decision making council, focusing on various programs and the successes students at CHS have achieved so far this year. Principal Kirby Smith and Council member Richard Dooley also discussed CHS' push to proficiency, which outlined study and practice events in preparation for April's CATS testing. In addition, Smith noted that CHS has had nine transfer students in February. Council members Tammy Wilson, Andrea Lawler, Chris Brunelle and Nichelle Taylor did not attend the meeting.
  • In his monthly report to the Board, Superintendent Mike Deaton noted that the District had eight students chosen for All State Choir, including Mollie Williams, Emily Haley, Mallorie Haley, Samuel Kessler, Alex Doss, Blair Lamb, Austin Hash and Monica Wilkerson. He also announced that several students won awards in the recent woman's club art contest. Jordan Percell won first in basket weaving, Dakota Pendleton won first in weaving, Whitney Parker won first in knitting, Ashley Wood won second place in weaving, and Mason Wethington third in weaving. Percell, Pendleton and Parker will compete on a regional level. Deaton also announced that work has begun on the softball facilities with plans to have it ready by the opening game. In addition, an underground sprinkler system is being installed at the middle school football field. At the Durham High Track complex, Deaton said, work will soon begin on striping as well as construction of the long jump and high jump pits. Deaton also announced a program at CHS in which students can check out laptop computers. Lastly, he said, officials are looking at the possibility of moving the spring testing window because of the days missed for bad weather.
  • Board members agreed to declare a 1996 Ford truck as surplus and advertise its sale by sealed bid.
  • The Board approved the creation of two additional sports positions - assistant baseball coach and assistant girls' softball coach - at a cost of $1,000 each. Deaton said baseball and softball are the only major sports teams with a single paid assistant coach's position. With the recent increase in student interest, he said, additional coaches are needed.
  • A contract for field work was approved with Hord Landscaping.
  • Board members approved the purchase of a 2011 International handicap equipped bus at a cost of $83,428. All but $8,047 will be paid for with grant funding.
  • Certified and classified staffing allocations were approved, with school enrollment at CES - 477, CMS - 361 and CHS - 280.
  • Finance officer Chris Kidwell gave an explanation of the District's contingency and Fund 1 balances. Fund 1 totals 22 percent of the District's budget, while the contingency fund is 7.8 percent of the current budget. In an emergency situation, Kidwell said, the contingency fund would cover operating costs for about three and a half weeks.
  • Board members approved the Commonwealth Commitment to College and Career Readiness pledge, which helps to prepare students for college and careers. Deaton said that the Commissioner of Education has asked each Board to pledge an increase rate of college and career readiness of high school graduates by 50 percent before 2015. The CHS goal is 67 percent.
  • Board members approved the monthly employment report, including:
  • New hires: Jim Ward and Lucas Arnold, part-time 21st Century workers; Crystal Elmore and Tammy Porter, substitute lunchroom workers, Andrew Cobb and Miranda Wright, substitute teachers.
  • FMLA leave: Amy Knifley.
  • Resignations: Dishanda Jones part-time cook/baker; and Carol Cravens, Eagle Academy co-director, preschool director and grant writer.