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Campbellsville Board discusses school calendar

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Approves makeup days.

Rebecca Cassell

editor@cknj.com

Campbellsville Independent students had missed six days of school for bad weather as of Monday night's School Board meeting. They missed another on Wednesday after a snowstorm that morning.

And they're making up one of the days this week.

The Board meeting, which is normally on the third Monday of each month, had been postponed to Jan. 20 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and then postponed again because of bad weather on that day.

Because of the changes, Monday's meeting was a special meeting and only items on the agenda could be discussed.

Pupil Personnel Director Jeff Richardson addressed the school calendar. After discussions with staff at the District's schools, Richardson recommended to the Board that two days be made up on teacher workdays scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18 and Friday, March 25.

In an emergency meeting of the Board after the regular meeting, Richardson also recommended using a third workday on Friday, Jan. 28 as another makeup day.

The Board approved those three days.

A fourth makeup day has been proposed for Friday, Feb. 28, though that won't be official unless it's approved at a special meeting of the Board scheduled at noon on Monday, Jan. 31.

With the four makeup days, as well as two days added onto the calendar at the end of the year, Richardson said that students' last day will be May 23, with the last day for teachers as May 27.

However, he said on Monday, additional snow predicted for this week could push that date further back.

With school canceled on Wednesday - unless more days are missed or other changes to the calendar are made - students' last day would be May 24.

Budget issues

Superintendent Mike Deaton addressed budget issues that the District is facing.

The legislature, he said, had supported Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to leave the state's SEEK funding alone. SEEK money is local school districts' major funding source.

However, Deaton said, a miscalculation in average daily attendance forecasts on the state level has resulted in school districts seeing cuts for next year as much as 2 percent.

"And we may not have seen the last of the cuts," he said.

In addition, according to Finance Director Chris Kidwell, the District is dealing with a proposed cut of nearly $91,000 in the last half of the current school year.

"As of right now," Kidwell said, "we don't know what the budget reductions will be for next year. We anticipate it will be at least the 2 percent reduction again."

Deaton asked residents to contact Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. John "Bam" Carney and ask them to restore school SEEK funds so that teachers and students may perform as they have been asked to perform.

In addition, Deaton said, Senate Bill 1 is scheduled to be implemented and may not be adequately funded.

"I don't see how the governor or the Education Commissioner can mandate that local school districts implement Senate Bill 1," Deaton said. "It's important to paint the picture as it really is."

Also at the meeting:

  • The Board had its annual election of officers, with no changes from the past year. Pat Hall is chairwoman, Suzanne Wilson is vice chair, Karen Noe remains the secretary and Finance Director Chris Kidwell is treasurer.
  • Monthly Academic Achievers were honored - Noah Wilson and Sophia Spencer, kindergartners at Campbellsville Elementary; Caylie Blair and Zack Settle, sixth-graders at Campbellsville Middle Schools; and Samantha Berry and Kyle Rainwater, sophomores at Campbellsville High.
  • Faculty recognition - CES teacher Debbie Edwards received the District's Dare to Soar Award. Edwards is also the CES academic team coach.
  • The monthly Academic Spotlight was on Campbellsville Eagle Academy and the District's libraries. Director Jay Cobb gave a PowerPoint presentation explaining CEA's goals, and student Stephanie Cowherd gave a speech, sharing how she has succeeded at the academy. Cobb noted that five fifth-year seniors have completed the requirements for graduation already this year. CHS Principal Kirby Smith and CMS Librarian Sara Cobb gave a presentation about library activities. Both explained the importance of computer labs and daily student participation.
  • In his superintendent's report, Deaton announced that writing scores for seniors had increased from 31 percent proficient/distinguished last year to 60 percent this school year. He asked Smith to address the scores, and Smith said the increase translates to an index score of 89. Deaton announced that the District's adult education program was one of only 29 in the state to be awarded the excellence award, which comes with additional financial support. Deaton also announced that CES was the recipient of a Radio Disney award for its participation on the "Get Active, Get Fit" program. See an upcoming issue of the News-Journal for more on that story. Deaton recognized CHS basketball coach Tim Davis for his 500th win as well as cheerleading coach Carol Gossage for her inclusion in the 5th Region Hall of Fame. He also noted that the upcoming Winterfest event at Campbellsville Middle School is planned for Feb. 3. More information on that event can be found on today's Education Page.
  • Out-of-state travel was approved for the CHS baseball team to Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. on April 2-8 for the Beach Bash Baseball Tournament.
  • Board members approved the purchase of weight/fitness room equipment at a cost of $10,500.
  • The board agreed to begin accepting bids for a mowing contract for 2011.
  • Revised bids were approved for the softball concession/restroom facility at a cost of about $52,000. Funding has already been set aside for the project.
  • The monthly personnel report included:
  • New hires - Danielle Jones, substitute bus monitor; and Paige Thompson, 21st Century student worker.
  • Resignation - Elisha Rhodes, head girls' volleyball coach.
  • Transfers - Tiarra Cecil, half-time CES/CMS teacher to full-time CMS teacher; and Amanda Long, CES instruction assistant to half-time CES teacher plus half-time instruction assistant.
  • A list of 429 property owners who have not yet paid 2009-2010 taxes was provided to Board members. Tax collector Marilyn Martin said 92.7 percent of taxes have been collected so far this year, for a total of $1.64 million.